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Health Ministry announces 82 new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia today, no deaths

National

Malaysia registered 82 new Covid-19 cases today, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced. Taking to his Facebook, the director-general of the Ministry of Health (MOH) added that no new deaths were registered today.

Ismail Sabri: 115 arrested for RMCO violations, most caught for disobeying social distancing measures

National

A total of 115 people were arrested for violating the movement control order (MCO) regulations yesterday, with the bulk of offenders disobeying social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders in areas placed under the administrative enhanced movement control order. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 111 of those detained were issued compounds, while four were remanded.

Health minister: Kedah districts not under TEMCO just yet, NSC still in midst of risk assessment

National

The National Security Council (NSC), along with the Ministry of Health (MOH), are currently undertaking risk assessment exercises for several districts in Kedah as more and more areas have been infected by Covid-19. However, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said any announcement regarding areas subjected to the special administrative temporary enhanced movement control order (TEMCO) will be done by NSC through Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Police deny closing Perak-Kedah border

National

Police today denied allegations that the interstate route from Jalan Gerik-Kupang, Gerik to Baling district in Kedah had been closed following the detection of the Covid-19 Tawar cluster in Kedah yesterday. Gerik district police chief Supt Zulkifli Mahmood said the police did not close the Perak-Kedah entry point, and the photograph that went viral was on an integrated operation carried out by the police yesterday.

MOH: Source of Covid-19 infections in Kurau, Meranti and Tawar clusters yet to be detected

National

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said today it is still determining the source of infections that led to three new clusters in Kurau, Meranti and Tawar. On its social media accounts, the ministry said early investigations showed it did not originate from the Sivagangga cluster. In Kurau, Perak, the first case was reported on August 7, while the Meranti cluster in Putrajaya had its first case reported on July 31. Tawar had its first case reported on August 12.

Ismail Sabri says 203 more people caught flouting Covid-19 SOP during RMCO, 159 fined

National

Police nabbed a total of 203 people yesterday for failing to comply with the health standard operating procedures to curb the spread of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today. The senior minister said 44 were remanded and the remaining 159 were issued compounds.

Travellers stranded at KLIA yesterday sent to quarantine stations, says senior minister

National

A group of 104 individuals who were stranded at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) after arriving on a flight yesterday have been sent to quarantine stations, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said their flight was not in the original schedule of arrivals, and the authorities needed time to arrange hotels for their quarantine.

Nasi Kandar Salleh owner to face RM1 million lawsuit

Kedah

Residents and traders in Napoh are planning to file a RM1 million lawsuit against the owner of Nasi Kandar Salleh next week as they attempt to seek for damages sustained following the Sivagangga Covid-19 cluster. The cluster's index case, the eatery's owner, was charged in court this week for breaking home quarantine. Kedah Consumers' Association (CAKE) Mohamad Yusrizal Yusoff said the lawsuit will be filed after advice from lawyers in a bid to serve as a lesson for everyone to not take the home quarantine order for granted.

Perak ‘pink wristband woman’ gets a day in jail, RM8,000 fine for flouting Covid-19 home quarantine order

National

Nur Emah Mohamad Hashim was today sentenced to be jailed one day and fined RM8,000 for violating a home quarantine order meant to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Dubbed the “pink wristband woman” for the mandatory tag worn to identify a “Person Under Surveillance” for Covid-19, the 72-year-old pled guilty to Section 22(b) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 before magistrate Nabihah Mohd Noor. If she fails to pay the fine, she will have to spend six months behind bars.

New cases rise to 20 today, with 13 local transmissions

National

Malaysia today recorded 20 new Covid-19 cases, up from 15 yesterday, bringing the total number of infections to 9,149. The Ministry of Health (MOH) posted on its Facebook page that seven cases were imported while 13 were local transmissions. There were no recorded deaths today, keeping the death toll at 125.

Cops nab couple for leaving village under TEMCO in Kedah

Kedah

A married couple left their village in Kedah placed under the targeted enhanced movement control order (TEMCO) to come to this town but turned back half way ― only to be arrested by the police when they got home. The couple, in their 50s, left Kampung Ulu in Padang Sanai near here on a motorcycle at about 5.30pm on August 5 via a rat trail (smugglers’ route) after removing their Covid-19 wristbands, Padang Terap District Police chief DSP Mulkiaman Manzar said today. He said they were not at home when staff of the Padang Terap Health Office called on their home as part of the TEMCO inspection.

15 new cases, including nine from new cluster detected in Tawar, Kedah

National

Malaysia saw 15 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, nine of which were from a new cluster detected in Tawar, Kedah. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new cases raises the total tally to 9,129, of which 183 are currently active. “There were four new recoveries bringing the total to 8,821 or a 96.6 per cent recovery rate. No new deaths were reported, with the total number of fatalities staying at 125,” he said.

SDMC: No quarantine for civil servants, business people travelling to Sarawak on official duty

Sarawak

Civil servants and business individuals travelling from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan through the Kuching International Airport will only be required to show their QR Code exemption or official duty directive letters upon arrival effective from today until August 31. In announcing the decision today, the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said they would also be required to fill up the electronic health declaration form (e-HDF) and undergo compulsory swab test, but they would not be required to wear wristbands or be quarantined.

Dr Noor Hisham: Lembah Pantai student and 54 close contacts cleared of Covid-19

Kuala Lumpur

The Ministry of Health (MOH) today said the student in Lembah Pantai who was alleged to have tested positive for Covid-19 in a recent viral message was given the all-clear sign. Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a press conference today said that the Form Five student has been tested twice for Covid-19 and the results came out negative. “The student was tested twice and on both occasions, the results came out negative.

Immigration Dept ready for Aug 17 Johor-Singapore border reopening

Johor

The Johor Immigration Department is fully prepared to handle traffic across Johor Strait again next Monday when Malaysia and Singapore begin the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) travel. Its director Baharuddin Tahir said applications for the conditional scheme for both the RGL and PCA on August 17, 18 and 18 are fully taken up. “We will only allow 400 a week or 50 or 60 people a day for RGL which is open to all nationalities and 2,000 people a day under the PCA which is for Malaysian and Singaporean citizens only.

It’s official: New RM1 price per face mask in Malaysia from August 15

National

The new maximum retail price of RM1 per unit that three-ply face masks can be sold for in Malaysia will kick in this Saturday (August 15), the latest government gazette this week has confirmed. In an order published on August 11, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi gave his approval for the new wholesale and retail prices for three-ply face masks in Malaysia. The maximum retail price is RM1 per unit or RM50 per box, while the maximum wholesale price is RM0.95 per unit or RM47.50 per box.

Minister: Max RM500,000 penalty for face masks sold above RM1 price cap

National

Retailers may be fined up to RM500,000 for selling three-ply surgical face masks above RM1 once the price ceiling takes effect Saturday, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said. The fine was derived from the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 that also provided for compounds of up to RM250,000 per offence. Individuals committing the offence could be compounded up to RM50,000 per offence or imprisoned up to three years and given a maximum fine of RM100,000 if convicted, he added.

Malaysia’s Covid-19 hit private sector had 236,000 fewer jobs in Q2 2020, latest official data shows

National

Total year-on-year jobs in the private sector plunged by nearly a quarter of a million in the second quarter of 2020, the latest Department of Statistics Malaysia’s (DOSM) data showed, as Covid-19 wrought havoc on the economy and forced businesses to cut spending. The number of private sector jobs stood at 8.38 million, 236,000 less compared to the same period last year. But from the 8.38 million jobs, nearly all were filled. Vacancies stood at just 2 per cent in Q2 2020.

Ismail Sabri: Sivagangga cluster ‘Patient Zero’ jailed five months and fined

National

The person responsible for the Sivagangga Covid-19 cluster in Kedah was sentenced to five months’ jail and fined RM12,000, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob revealed today. The defence minister said the authorities viewed the transgression seriously in a stern warning to the public amid growing concern over the emergence of new clusters as the government has eased restrictions. “PDRM has taken action against an individual in the Sivagangga cluster for failure to remain under home quarantine,” the defence minister said during a press conference held in the Parliament building here.

Senior minister sees worrying non-compliance after another 184 arrested for RMCO violations

National

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob expressed concern today over the consistently high arrest numbers for recovery movement control order (RMCO) violations, saying it showed disregard for authorities’ effort to combat Covid-19. He said the police have arrested 184 people for various infractions as of noon today, with 49 of them now under remand while the rest were issued compounds.

Putrajaya says no plan to buy Russian-approved Covid-19 vaccine yet

National

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today the government will monitor Moscow's progress closely following Russia's announcement yesterday that it had granted regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine in less than two months of human testing. “The Ministry of Health will definitely study the development first because there are many countries that have claimed to have found the vaccine,” the defence minister told a press conference held in Parliament here.

Foreigners must pay quarantine charges, Covid-19 test upon arrival - Ismail Sabri

National

Foreigners allowed to enter Malaysia will have to pay quarantine charges and Covid-19 detection test fees upon arrival at the country’s entry points, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix). He said that this is because there are foreigners who have been allowed to enter the country and yet refusing to pay the cost after being sent to a hotel or Public Training Institute (ILA), to undergo quarantine.

Whole of Sarawak classified as ‘green zone’ after zero local Covid-19 cases in two weeks

Sarawak

The whole of Sarawak have now been classified as a “green zone” with no new local Covid-19 positive cases reported over the last 14 days, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said today. Its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said this followed Kuching and Serian districts being categorised as “green zones”. “These two districts have not reported any new Covid-19 positive cases over the last 14 days,” he said in a statement.

Dr Noor Hisham: Lembah Pantai student tested positive for dengue; Covid-19 results pending

Kuala Lumpur

The Health Ministry (MOH) has clarified that a student from a school in Lembah Pantai said to have been Covid-19 positive has so far only tested positive for dengue. However, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Form Five student has also been screened for Covid-19 as a precautionary measure, with results yet to be released. This was in response to a recent viral message alleging the student’s supposed infection, which was later fuelled by supposed images of students attending school while wearing pink home-quarantine wristbands.

11 new cases today with three local infections

National

After recording zero cases of local transmissions yesterday, 11 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the country over the last 24-hours, three of them local. Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the three cases involved two locals in Kedah and one non-Malaysian in Sabah. “The two cases of Covid-19 transmission among Malaysian citizens are from symptomatic screenings at a medical centre in Kedah. They have both been admitted to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Kedah.

Two children, teacher in Terengganu undergo quarantine after Kedah trip

Terengganu

Two children and a pre-school teacher of Taska Permata under the Terengganu Family Development Foundation (YPKT) are voluntarily undergoing home quarantine after returning from Aidiladha celebration in Kubang Pasu, Kedah. State Welfare, Women and Family Development, and National Unity Committee chairman Hanafiah Mat said the children and the teacher were not related to the Sivagangga Cluster, and the quarantine was just a precautionary measure taken after they have undergone health screenings at nearby clinics.

'Despite ceiling price, masks still too costly'

National

A consumer group said the proposed RM1 per unit retail price for three-ply face masks is still too high. Members of the public, however, were of the opinion that a lower price could affect the quality of the essential item. Malaysian Muslim Consumer Association lead activist Datuk Nadzim Johan said the price should be between 10 sen and 50 sen per piece. "We have to consider the large families and bottom 40 per cent income group (B40) communities.

Penang sees higher hotel occupancy rates as sign of tourism recovery

P.Pinang

Rising occupancy rates at hotels here indicate the state’s tourism sector was gradually recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. He said most hotels have reported occupancy rates of between 78 per cent and 100 per cent, especially on weekends. Chow said this was an encouraging sign for the tourism sector’s recovery.

Scientists test 14 types of face masks, discover bandanas, neck fleeces offered least protection

National

With so much debate surrounding which face mask is best to stop the spread of Covid-19, scientists at Duke University in North Carolina carried out a study to find an answer. Researchers tested out 14 types of face masks and coverings, including N95 masks with and without exhalation valves, surgical masks, two-layer style masks of various materials, bandanas and neck fleeces. They found that a fitted N95 mask with no valves was the most effective face mask to curb the risk of Covid-19 while the least effective form of face mask was a neck fleece.

Ismail Sabri: 182 nabbed for RMCO violations including 17 for not wearing masks

National

Police arrested 182 people yesterday breaching the recovery movement control order’s (RMCO) regulations, according to Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Of those arrested, 162 individuals were issued compounds, two were granted police bail, while 18 were remanded. Ismail said the violations were discovered after the Compliance Operations Task Force, led by the Royal Malaysia Police, conducted 67,113 checks nationwide yesterday.

National

Extra safety measures for returnees from Sabah

National

After 11 Covid-19 cases were detected among those returning from Sabah today, the Health Ministry has announced extra safety measures, including mandatory health screenings for all those travelling back from the state. “From Sept 27 to Oct 10, all returnees from Sabah will undergo screening for respiratory tract infection and Covid-19 at both international and domestic arrival gates.

Kuala Lumpur

Covid-19 quarantine-breaching minister Khairuddin hospitalised with ‘mystery’ ailment

Kuala Lumpur

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali, who breached the country’s mandatory Covid-19 quarantine requirement for those returning from abroad, has been admitted to hospital with an unknown illness. The PAS minister took to Facebook to relate his ordeal, stopping short, however, of revealing what he was admitted for.

Putrajaya

RMCO still requires public to comply with SOPs

Putrajaya

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.

Selangor

PJ police intensify checks for SOP violators

Selangor

Police will intensify spot checks and surveillance in public areas following the surge in Covid-19 cases. Petaling Jaya district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said the move was to ensure full compliance of the standard operating procedures (SOP) during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). He said police teams would be sent to the ground to conduct random checks on restaurants, among others.

Johor

246 individuals compounded for violating RMCO in Johor Bahru

Johor

A total of 246 individuals, including teenagers, were compounded RM1,000 each for flouting the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) at two entertainment centres in the city last night. Johor Police Chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said all of them, aged 15 to 63, failed to comply with regulations stipulated under the RMCO, including observing physical distancing.

Perak

Perak NGO to have food distribution programme to assist B40 affected by Covid-19

Perak

The lives of many have drastically changed following the Covid-19 pandemic, complicated by the necessary implementation of the movement control order (MCO) which saw many lose their jobs. With this in mind, non-governmental organisation Perak Women for Women (PWW) is starting a food distribution programme to assist those affected especially those in the B40 category. PWW co-founder Yip Siew Keen said the organisation had been deluged with calls from the people asking for help following the MCO.

P.Pinang

Penangites returning from Sabah urged to get tested

P.Pinang

Those returning to Penang from Sabah are highly encouraged to undergo testing for Covid-19, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. He said they could either get the swab test done at government clinics, or at private health facilities at their own expense. The matter, he said, was decided at this morning's state special security committee meeting.

Kedah

Kuala Kedah-Langkawi ferry resumes operation

Kedah

The Kuala Kedah-Langkawi ferry resumed operations today after its service ceased temporarily following the implementation of a targeted enhanced movement control order (TEMCO) in the Kota Setar district due to Covid-19. Ferry Line Ventures operating officer Ahmad Azizan Aziz said ferry operations to Langkawi was operating as usual with reduced capacity involving only four services at 8am, 10.30am, 2pm and 4.30pm.

Perlis

Muslims in Perlis required to bring own prayer mats to mosques

Perlis

The Perlis Islamic Affairs and Malay Customs Council (MAIPs) has maintained the requirement for members of the congregation to bring their own prayer mats when performing prayers at mosques. The Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, said the decision was made after assessing the need to comply with health and safety standard operating procedures (SOP) to avoid the potential transmission of the Covid-19 virus in the state.

Pahang

Woman wearing pink wristband in Temerloh not related to covid-19

Pahang

The Pahang Health Department today clarified that the woman spotted wearing a pink wristband at a popular restaurant in Temerloh on Sunday was not a patient or placed under mandatory quarantine related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Its director Datuk Dr Bahari Awang Ngah said the woman was actually a former patient of the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital (HOSHAS) in Temerloh and was believed to have stopped at the restaurant with her family members as soon as she was allowed to leave.

Kelantan

Kelantan, Sabah allow 40 people to perform Friday prayers at mosques

Kelantan

The Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V has consented for Friday prayers to be performed at all mosques in the state beginning this Friday (June 5) with a congregation of 40 people. Kelantan Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIK) president Tengku Temenggong Kelantan Tan Sri Mohamad Rizam Tengku Abdul Aziz said the individuals would include imam, young imam, bilal, siak, members of the mosque committee and selected locals, after obtaining permission from state mufti and the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Terengganu

Two children, teacher in Terengganu undergo quarantine after Kedah trip

Terengganu

Two children and a pre-school teacher of Taska Permata under the Terengganu Family Development Foundation (YPKT) are voluntarily undergoing home quarantine after returning from Aidiladha celebration in Kubang Pasu, Kedah. State Welfare, Women and Family Development, and National Unity Committee chairman Hanafiah Mat said the children and the teacher were not related to the Sivagangga Cluster, and the quarantine was just a precautionary measure taken after they have undergone health screenings at nearby clinics.

Melaka

State Health Dept denies viral WhatsApp message of Melaka Sentral Covid-19 case

Melaka

The Melaka Health Department has denied a viral WhatsApp message claiming that foreign nationals who are Covid-19 positive were at the Melaka Sentral bus terminal on Friday (July 24). "The voice recordings and images that went viral on WhatsApp were taken at random by unknown individuals, however, the Melaka Health Department would like to clarify that the content of the voice recording involved is not true," said State Health director Dr Ismail Ali in a statement on Saturday (July 24)

N.Sembilan

24 new Usim students from Sarawak, Kedah placed under Covid-19 quarantine, says housing director

N.Sembilan

Twenty-four new Tamhidi (Foundation) students of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (Usim) for the 2020/2021 session, all of whom are from Sarawak and Kedah, are being placed under a two-week quarantine at the university’s residential colleges here following the latest development of Covid-19 in the two states. Usim Student Housing Centre director Mohd Salehudin Syukor said of the total, five were from Kuching, Sarawak, and the rest were from Kubang Pasu, Kedah.

Labuan

Tighter health checks in Labuan for travellers from certain parts of Sabah

Labuan

Travellers from certain parts of Sabah will be subjected to stricter health checks on entering Labuan because of the surge in Covid-19 cases on mainland Sabah, said Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari. He said depending on their travel history, those who had been away from Labuan for more than three days might be required to undergo a swab test at the Labuan Airport and ferry terminal.

Sabah

Mount Kinabalu closed until Oct 8

Sabah

Mount Kinabalu and the Taman Kinabalu area will be closed from today until Oct 8 for sanitisation, said Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry secretary Jamili Nais. He said this was after a hiker to Mount Kinabalu from Sept 13 to 14 tested positive for Covid-19 and the Health Ministry issued a closing order notice to the Taman Kinabalu headquarters in Kundasang.

Sarawak

Sarawak steps up measures to monitor visitors from Sabah

Sarawak

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has come up with several measures, effective September 25, to monitor visitors from Sabah, which is now declared as a red zone for Covid-19. In its daily update press statement, SDMC said all Sarawakians and holders of Sarawak’s permanent residency and visa pass, who need to enter the state, must apply for entry permit through “EnterSarawak” prior to their travel.