Malaysia has 3,631 new Covid-19 infections on Friday (Jan 21), taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country up to 176,180.
In the same 24-hour span, 18 people had died of Covid-19 in the country.
Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll is now 660.
The country also discharged 2,554 patients, bringing the number of Covid-19 recoveries in the country up to 132,706.
There are currently 42,814 active Covid-19 cases that are being treated at the country’s hospitals and quarantine centres.
Of that total, 251 patients are in intensive care, with 102 on ventilator support.
The country has recorded another 3,170 Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 172,549.
In his daily Covid-19 briefing on Thursday (Jan 21), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the country also saw 2,490 recoveries.
"Eight of the new infections are imported cases.
"Twelve deaths have also been recorded, bringing the total Covid-19 deaths to 642," he said.
A total of four Terengganu state executive council members and another state assemblyman in the state are now undergoing quarantine at their homes while waiting for the results of their Covid-19 tests, a report has said.
All four state executive council members are also state assemblymen in PAS-ruled Terengganu.
In the report by Harian Metro last night, this was confirmed by one of those undergoing quarantine — Bukit Tunggal state assemblyman Alias Razak who is also the exco chairing the local government, housing, health and environment committee.
Alias said the five of them — including himself — were close contacts to a staff member at the Wisma Darul Iman who had tested positive for Covid-19.
Sabah government announced on Saturday (Jan 16) the decision to roll out Bantuan Prihatin Covid-19 2.0 to help Sabahans impacted by the movement control order.
The RM128.98mil assistance will be distributed in two forms; a RM300 one-off financial aid and via a food basket programme, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor in a statement
"The state government is allotting RM97.4mil for the one-off assistance to 324,661 recipients from e-Kasih list, B40 group, orphans, senior citizens, the disabled and single mothers.
Sabah will allocate RM97.4 million to provide financial relief to those affected by the second phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0).
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, in a statement today, said the allocation would be used to distribute a one-off RM300 financial relief to 324,661 people in the state.
The recipients would comprise those registered under the e-Kasih platform, those from the B40 category, orphans, senior citizens, disabled, single mothers, farmers, fishermen, tourist guides, mountain guides and porters, taxi drivers, bus drivers, artists, and traders, among others.
"The National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) has also provided an allocation of RM31.58 million for food basket expenses.
The 2021 school session set to begin this Jan 20 will not involve face-to-face learning.
This new directive was announced by the Education Ministry in a statement tonight, affecting schools nationwide.
Those who are allowed to be present in schools are only students that will sit for the 2020 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) and Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (DVM).
"All primary school students and secondary students from Form 1 to Form 5 will undergo teaching and learning at home (PdPR) according to the suitability between teachers and students beginning Jan 20, 2021," the ministry said.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah warned Malaysians that the country’s Covid-19 situation could still worsen despite the movement control order (MCO).
He urged Malaysians to heed the repeated calls for them to not leave their homes except when necessary.
“If we do not get this MCO right, the worst is yet to come. A daily reminder to all ‘please stay at home’. Stay home and stay safe,” he said on Twitter.
Earlier today, Dr Noor Hisham reported 4,029 new Covid-19 cases in the country, the highest single-day figure ever by far.
Kelantan residents have accepted the Movement Control Order (MCO) that has been reimposed in the state from today until January 26 for their own sake and to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Akin to the phrase ‘kita jaga kita’ (we take care of ourselves), generally, those met by Bernama accepted the government’s decision to implement the MCO for the second time.
This included traders who willingly made the ‘sacrifice’ despite the MCO implementation would affect their income as they had to comply with the stipulated standard operating procedures (SOP).
Malaysia has added another six new Covid-19 clusters located throughout Johor, Negri Sembilan, Perak and Pahang.
The additions gave the country a total of 285 active clusters nationwide, of which 71 reported new cases today.
“The clusters that reported the highest number of new cases were Sungai Putus Cluster (336 cases), Bukit Pasir Cluster (189 cases), and Senai Cyber Cluster (111 cases),” health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement today.
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan has been discharged from the hospital after recovering from Covid-19 today.
The state Agriculture and Fisheries Minister left the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) here, at 1pm, along with his wife Datin Seri Cecelia Kitingan.
In a statement, Jeffrey thanked the medical team who had been treating them especially State Health Department Director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi and QEH Director Dr William Gotulis.
He also extended his appreciation to the hospital's Infectious Disease Unit Chief Dr Lee Heng Gee and all the staff, who cared for them during their two-week quarantine at the hospital.
PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad has tested positive for Covid-19.
This was confirmed by Perak PAS commissioner Razman Zakaria when contacted by the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) today.
"He returned to his hometown in Perak after attending a feast and meeting in some places.
"The Health Department Office had contacted him yesterday evening to inform he ested positive for Covid-19.
Malaysia reported 4,029 more Covid-19 infections on Saturday (Jan 16), making it the highest new daily record for the nation.
Prior to this, the most number of cases in a day was 3,309 on Jan 12 and 3,337 on Jan 14.
There were also eight Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, taking the death toll to 594.
Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 1,466, followed by Johor (719), Sabah (449), Kuala Lumpur (347), and Negeri Sembilan (214).
The cases reported today were due to activities or movements before Jan 13, said the Health Ministry in a brief tweet.
32 people travelling to other states and districts without the necessary police permit were among those nabbed for violating the Movement Control Order's (MCO) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on Friday.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a total of 472 people were detained, of which 457 were issued compounds and 15 remanded.
Other offences were failure to wear face mask (182), failure to provide customers' registration log at premises (85), premises operating beyond permitted hours or without permission (66), failure to observe physical distancing (65) and others (42).
A total of 708 Covid-19 cases recorded in Kelantan were caused by interstate travellers.
Kelantan health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said the figure was recorded between the second wave of the pandemic on Sept 23 last year and yesterday.
He said the cases were recorded from the 18 clusters reported state-wide.
"Kelantan has 18 clusters so far and we have tallied 708 cases since September last year. Based on our records, interstate travellers lead to new clusters to emerge."
The Health Ministry has identified 12 new Covid-19 clusters, in which seven are infections uncovered at workplaces.
In a statement Friday (Jan 22), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there are currently 335 active clusters nationwide.
The Pasai cluster in Sarawak, which originated from a funeral in Sibu, recorded the highest increase with 112 new cases.
The cluster now has 1,093 confirmed cases linked to it, with infections spreading to 17 districts all over Sarawak.
A total of 163 confirmed Covid-19 cases have been identified at Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur after more than a week of testing among workers at the vegetables, fruits and fish sections.
Kuala Lumpur Fruits Wholesalers’ Association president Chin Nyuk Moy said test results for workers at the fruit section had been completed.
"We are the last batch of workers that had undergone the testing and five of the workers here were infected with the virus.
The public is reminded to continue exercising self-discipline in carrying out preventive measures against Covid-19 as the country enters the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) tomorrow.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said business operators and customers need to maintain social distancing and good personal hygiene.
He said the police, as well as the task force teams in districts, would focus on standard operating procedure compliance at business premises and public places.
AFFORDABLE Covid-19 tests are available at the MBPJ Multipurpose Hall until tomorrow.
The rapid antigen (RTK-AG) tests will be conducted at the venue in Jalan 51A/227, Petaling Jaya, from 1pm to 5pm.
Priced at RM70 per person, the hall can accommodate up to 250 walk-in patients per day.
“We have been conducting the affordable testing in three clinics within the Bukit Gasing constituency, ” said Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran in a statement.
The Johor State Health Department is currently in the process of setting up 12 more Covid-19 Assessment Centres (CAC) to meet the needs of patients tested positive but have yet to be hospitalised.
State Environment and Health Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the centres were needed for patients to seek medical advice and pre-evaluation and so far there is only one CAC available in the state at Bukit Indah Health Clinic.
“Since the set-up of this CAC on January 10 until yesterday (January 19), a total of 1,876 patients have been referred to the centre and of the number, only 96 patients required hospitalisation,” he said in a statement today.
Enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will be implemented in Kg Orang Asli Batu 6, Jalan Pahang, Batang Padang, Perak from tomorrow until February 3, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said the enforcement of EMCO followed screenings on symptomatic residents and close contacts from January 14 to 18 which resulted in 12 positive cases and 87 close contacts being quarantined now.
“The implementation of EMCO is aimed at controlling the movements of villagers as well as to facilitate the Ministry of Health to carry out targeted Covid-19 screening at the locality involving 494 residents,” he said in a statement today.
Penang has identified the first five target groups to receive one-off cash aid as part of the state’s third assistance package.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the groups will receive RM10 million in aid to alleviate the impact of the movement control order (MCO).
The RM10 million is part of the larger RM20 million financial assistance package Chow had announced last week.
“The five target groups include licensed hawkers, trishaw riders, school canteen operators, hairdressers and spas and allocations for state assemblymen, MPs and constituency coordinators,” he said in a statement today.
With 334 positive Covid-19 cases as of Dec 3 in Kulim, Kedah, the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) imposed in the district will be extended another two weeks.
Initially scheduled to end tomorrow, Senior Defense Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said it will be extended until Dec 20.
He said the Health Ministry's risk assessment done on the district found the infectivity rate to still be high.
Perlis allows three "nat" (weekend markets) in the state to operate during the movement control order (MCO) period beginning this Friday, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man today.
The three markets are at Simpang Empat, Arau and Kuala Perlis.
Azlan, however, said night markets were not allowed to operate during the MCO period but would be replaced with morning markets.
He said the Kangar Municipal Council (MPK) would issue guidelines on the maximum number of traders and visitors allowed at the markets.
86 Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) candidates in Lipis have been placed under quarantine after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday.
State National Security Council (NSC) chairman, Mohd Zairasyahil Shah Zakaria said the Form Five pupils comprising 84 girls and another two boys were ordered to undergo quarantine at the Housing and Local Government training institute in Bukit Tinggi, Bentong.
Pusat Tarbiah Islamiah Kelantan (Putik), the seventh Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC) for low-risk patients in Kelantan, is ready for operation.
Kelantan Health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said the centre, located in Pengkalan Chepa, could house at least 150 low-risk Covid-19 patients.
"The centre is the seventh to open in the state after the Kota Baru Municipal Council's Silver Jubilee and Gua Musang Civic Hall, the old Kuala Krai and Jeli hospitals; and the health ministry's Training Institutes in Kota Baru and Tumpat.
"Putik is expected to start operating as soon as possible," he added.
The Tun Fatimah Form Six College in Durian Daun here has been ordered to close immediately for a week after a teacher in the school was confirmed positive for Covid-19.
State Education, Higher Education, Technical and Vocational, Science and Innovation Committee chairman Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad said the week-long closure from today until Jan 28 is to enable a sanitisation operation to be conducted by Melaka Fire and Rescue Department.
"We understand the teacher was asymptomatic, and those who have close contact with the individual have been told to undergo Covid-19 screening.
A medical student has tested positive for Covid-19, say state health authorities.
Melaka health and anti-drug committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said the student from a local medical college is currently being treated at Melaka Hospital after testing positive on Thursday (Jan 21).
"The college has now switched to online classes due to the Covid-19 scare," he said on Friday (Jan 22).
Thirteen people were detained by police for defying standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) at food premises here last night.
Acting Labuan police chief DSP Mohd Ibrahim Mohd Ghani said all of them, aged between 28 and 48 years, were compounded RM1,000 each, under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the local Infected Areas) Regulations 2020.
The Sabah state government has agreed to allow police officers and personnel stationed in Sabah to enter the state during the implementation of the movement control order (MCO), subject to several terms.
Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, who is also the state government's official spokesman on Covid-19-related matters said among the conditions was to get an immigration stamp (Section 66 (1) (d) of the Immigration Act 1959/63) on their travel document upon arrival.
“Admission to Sabah must be via Restricted Travel Document (DPT) or Malaysian International Passport (PMA) to obtain the stamp and submit supporting documents such as the transfer, or placement letter from the department to serve in Sabah,” he said, adding that their dependents would also need to obtain the stamp or apply for a long term social visit pass.
Sarawak has recorded two more Covid-19 fatalities today with the highest number of new daily cases at 229 cases.
State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said Sibu reported the highest number of positive cases today with 168 cases, followed by Kuching (nine), Kanowit (seven), Sri Aman (seven), Lubok Antu (seven), Subis (two) and Bintulu (one), which raised cumulative cases in the state to 2,931.
“There is an increase of 112 cases involving the Pasai Cluster in Sibu, taking the total infection tally to 1,094. A total of 10,250 people were screened, of which 7,500 people came out negative and 1,656 others are awaiting their results,” he said at the daily press conference on Covid-19 today.