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2,154 new cases for 310,097 total, six fatalities bring death toll to 1,159

National

Malaysia recorded 2,154 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (March 5), bringing the cumulative total to 310,097. Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 794, followed by Johor with 463. In a tweet, the Health Ministry said within the same 24-hour period, there were six fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,159.

2,063 new cases, five more fatalities bring death toll to 1,153

National

Malaysia recorded 2,063 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (March 4), bringing the cumulative total to 307,943. The Health Ministry said within the same 24-hour period, there were five fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,153. Nine are imported infections, while the rest are local transmissions. Another 2,922 patients were discharged from medical facilities nationwide, which means 283,629 have recovered from the Covid-19 to date.

2,192 new cases, six fatalities bring death toll to 1,062

National

Malaysia recorded 2,192 more Covid-19 infections on Monday (Feb 22), bringing total cases to 285,761, says the Health Ministry. Six more people died due to the coronavirus, pushing Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll to 1,062.

Village in Sarawak to be under EMCO from Feb 23-March 8, says Ismail Sabri

Sabah

A village in Sarawak will be placed under the enhanced movement control order beginning Tuesday (Feb 23), following 60 Covid-19 positive cases reported at the locality. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said the government has decided to place Kampung Emperoh Jambu in Padawan in Kuching division, Sarawak under lockdown. He said that to date, 60 positive cases were reported at the locality and health authorities confirmed that there is a sudden spike in the number of cases.

571,802 frontliners have registered to receive inoculation

National

A total of 571,802 frontliners nationwide have registered to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. In a statement, he said of the total, 57.3 per cent are health and medical personnel from the Health Ministry; and 42.7 per cent are non-health personnel from the Armed Forces, Fire and Rescue Department, Police, Rela, Prisons Department, Royal Malaysian Customs Department, Welfare Services Department and others. Malaysia's first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme rolls out this Wednesday, with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah being the first to be inoculated.

First shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine arrives in Malaysia

National

Malaysia has officially received its first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine today after months of anticipation, with the implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme set to begin in phases from February 26 onwards. The vaccines were carried on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH604 operated by MAB Kargo Sdn Bhd (MASKargo) and arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s Advanced Cargo Centre (ACC) at 9.57am. The first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine developed by United States pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German firm BioNTech comprises a total of 312,390 doses.

Govt to accommodate teachers with comorbidities in first phase of Covid-19 immunisation programme ahead of school reopening in March

National

The government has assured teachers today that they would be included in the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme ahead of schools reopening in March, with those exhibiting comorbidity amongst the priority recipients of the vaccine. Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said he would raise the matter during the next Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) scheduled for next week following discussions with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah earlier today. “The short answer is yes. We will try to accommodate teachers and yes, we will try to accommodate some of the frontline media, subject to availability and supply but also based on risk assessment as we can’t do for all teachers at once.

Police provide security escort during transport of Covid-19 vaccines

National

Police are providing security escort for every movement of the Covid-19 vaccines that arrive in the morning, said the Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department (Operations) deputy director Datuk Azri Ahmad. For the arrival of the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine today, a total of 150 police personnel were involved in accompanying 312,390 doses of the vaccine, as well as assets such as high-powered motorcycles, police patrol cars and mobile police stations. He said that the first batch of vaccines, upon arrival via the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), will be sent to three locations of Vaccine Storage Centers (VSCs) owned by logistics company DHL Express; Subang, Selangor; Bayan Lepas, Penang and Senai, Johor.

Over 30,000 frontliners in first phase of Covid-19 vaccinations

P.Pinang

The first phase of Covid-19 vaccinations in Penang will involve more than 30,000 frontliners, says Chow Kon Yeow (pic). The Penang Chief Minister said he hoped that the process would be smooth with equal distribution to the state. "The Penang government is giving full commitment to the Federal government regarding its implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Immunised Malaysians may be issued 'Covid-19 passports'

National

Talks are being held on how to issue “Covid-19 passports” to those who have received the Covid-19 vaccine, says Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba. The Health Minister said two methods were being considered, namely via the MySejahtera App and physical certification. He cited the example of the Saudi Arabian government which issues "yellow book" certification for those who have been immunised and visiting the country. "We are looking at how to collaborate with the other nations to streamline the issuing of certificates" he said at a press conference in KLIA following the arrival of the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines on Sunday (Feb 21).

Covid-19 vaccination registration to remain open until target reached - Khairy

National

Registration for the Covid-19 vaccination, to commence on March 1, will remain open until it reaches the target of 80 per cent of the population have received the vaccine, said Coordinating Minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin. (pix) “Registration will remain open until we reach our target of 70 to 80 percent of Malaysians (to receive the vaccine),” said Khairy, who is also the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. He said this at a press conference after witnessing the arrival of the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine here, today.

MASkargo CEO relates challenges behind flying first batch of Covid-19 vaccine home

National

The challenges behind the special flight carrying the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), this morning were related by MAB Kargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) chief executive officer Ibrahim Mohamed Salleh. He said among the challenges faced in handling the Covid-19 vaccine included vaccine management procedures that required careful planning to ensure smooth movement from each location. “We have been preparing since August last year while the vaccine was still in the development stage. Arrangements have been underway pending completion of the trial.

Vaccine went through proper evaluation process- Health DG

National

The Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine is the first COVID-19 vaccine given conditional registration approval by the Drug Control Authority (DCA) and the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) after going through the proper evaluation process and its use will be closely monitored. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the vaccine produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, Comirnaty Concentrate for Dispersion For Injection was approved on Jan 8 this year.

More than 33,000 in Perak to receive jabs in first phase of immunisation

Perak

Perak is expected to receive 79,560 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine in the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme. A total of 33,503 people, including frontliners, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad and state executive councillors (excos) are expected to receive their first dosage soon. State Health, Science, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin said 49 locations will be used as vaccination centres for the Covid-19 immunisation programme, including the Indera Mulia Stadium, here.

National

2,154 new cases for 310,097 total, six fatalities bring death toll to 1,159

National

Malaysia recorded 2,154 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (March 5), bringing the cumulative total to 310,097. Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 794, followed by Johor with 463. In a tweet, the Health Ministry said within the same 24-hour period, there were six fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,159.

Kuala Lumpur

3,135 KL cops get first vaccine dose

Kuala Lumpur

The first phase of Covid-19 immunisation for police frontliners here commenced today with 3,135 personnel undergoing vaccination. Kuala Lumpur police chief Commissioner Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin said today that priority for the immunisation was given to personnel at high risk of contracting the virus. He said the 3,135 personnel were from the six districts here, namely Brickfields, Cheras, Dang Wangi, Sentul, Wangsa Maju and Putrajaya.

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

Selangor Sultan gives way so frontliners can receive Covid-19 vaccine first

Selangor

Selangor's Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah says his turn to receive a Colvid-19 vaccination will only come after all frontline workers, including teachers, have received their shots. Istana Alam Shah, in a post on the Selangor Royal Office Facebook page Friday (Feb 26), said Sultan Sharafuddin had stressed that priority should be given to frontliners as they face a higher risk of infection. The statement read that Sultan would continue to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP) and stay home if there are no important matters until all frontline workers have received their vaccines.

Johor

Johor receives portion of vaccine supply

Johor

Johor received a portion of the Covid-19 vaccine supply that arrived in the country today to be placed at four vaccine storage centres (VSC) in the state. The supply, which is part of the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, arrived in Johor Bahru from Singapore via the Johor Causeway. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Ir Hasni Mohammad were present on-site when the supplies arrived.

Perak

EMCO for workers' quarters in Perak, extended for Tapah Prison

Perak

An enhanced movement control order (MCO) will be imposed at the dormitories of workers of Imperial Garments in Flat Anjung Tawas Damai, Perak. Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said that the enhanced MCO would be implemented from March 1 to 14. "As of now, the Health Ministry have conducted 524 tests and from that number, a total of 213 people were found Covid-19 positive. "The Health Ministry confirmed that there is a steep increase in the number of cases in this locality, with a high infectivity rate," he said in a statement on Sunday (Feb 28).

P.Pinang

Allow private hospitals to buy and offer Covid-19 vaccine, says Penang govt

P.Pinang

The Penang state government is requesting the central government to allow private hospitals in the state to procure Covid-19 vaccine and to dispense it to those who can afford to obtain their jabs faster. State Health, Agriculture, Agro-based Industry and Rural Development Committee chairman, Norlela Ariffin said the matter was raised with Coordinating Minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), Khairy Jamaluddin in a Vaccine Engagement Meeting yesterday. “In the meeting yesterday, I told Khairy to allow private hospitals here to acquire vaccine so that those who can afford especially the VIP group would receive their shots faster by paying (to private hospitals).

Kedah

Kedah MB gets his Covid-19 vaccination, urges public to have positive attitude to immunisation programme

Kedah

Kedah Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor, state Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mohd Hayati Othman and Kedah Health director Dr Mohd Fikri Ujang received their Pfizer-BionNTech Covid-19 vaccine jabs at Wisma Darul Aman here on Sunday (Feb 28) afternoon. The inoculations were done in the foyer of Block E in Wisma Darul Aman. Sanusi, 48, was the first non-medical personnel in the state to receive the Covid-19 vaccination here at 5.05pm followed shortly after by Dr Hayati and Dr Fikri. Also getting their jabs on Sunday were three medical officers from the district Health Departments - Abdul Rahim Zakaria, Muhammad Hafiz Ibrahim and M. Shaarvin Raj.

Perlis

Perlis MB gives way to frontliners, people to be vaccinated first

Perlis

Perlis Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man is giving priority to frontline personnel and the people to get their first vaccine shots under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme. Azlan said as the vaccine doses were limited, he decided not to take the vaccine to give way to those who really need the vaccination. “What is more important is the people. If there is a balance, Insya-Allah I will get it later,” he told reporters at the launching of the state-level immunisation programme at Kampung Gial Health Clinic here, today.

Pahang

EMCO at Sri Jelutung quarters in Chini, Pahang from tomorrow

Pahang

An enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will begin tomorrow for the Sri Jelutung Quarters in Chini, Pahang, Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. Ismail Sabri said this decision was made after 30 new Covid-19 cases were recorded on March 3, and 150 close contacts identified among occupants of the quarters. “On the advice of the Ministry of Health, the government agreed to put in place an EMCO at the Sri Jelutung Quarters, Chini Pahang from March 6 to March 19 2021.

Kelantan

Kelantan media practitioners recommended for vaccine in first phase, says deputy MB

Kelantan

Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah has proposed that media practitioners in the state be included in the first phase of the Covid-19 immunisation programme. He said this is because the group is considered as frontliners who are at risk of being infected while working. “Therefore, I am recommending that media practitioners be among the first to receive their vaccine shots, as these people go everywhere and are likely to be infected,” he told reporters after a state exco meeting at the Kota Darul Naim Complex here today.

Terengganu

EMCO at three villages in Besut to end on Feb 27

Terengganu

The enhanced movement control order placed on three villages in Besut, Terengganu will be lifted on Feb 27, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic). The Senior Minister (Security) said that health authorities had carried out 108 screenings on villagers in Kg Darau-Awek, Kg Padang Baloh and Kg Lepan Kejor, located in the Pasir Akar sub-district in Besut. Results from the swab tests saw 39 individuals testing positive for Covid-19.

Melaka

Melaka’s high Covid-19 infectivity rate due to 16 active clusters, says health exco

Melaka

Melaka’s daily Covid-19 infectivity rate (Rt) of 1.17, the highest in the country yesterday, is due to the 16 active clusters reported in the state throughout last week. State Health and Anti-Drugs Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said the Industri Serkam (80 per cent) and Tembok Sungai Udang clusters (10.7 per cent) were the ones that contributed the highest number of cases in Melaka. “We are expecting a slight increase of cases for Industri Serkam today and tomorrow. The total number of cases for this cluster has so far breached the 800 mark as of yesterday,” he told a media conference here today.

N.Sembilan

Ten slapped with fines in PD for violating MCO

N.Sembilan

Ten people have been slapped with fines of RM1,000 each for violating the Covid-19 movement control order (MCO) here. District police chief Supt Aidi Sham Mohamad said three were given compounds after they were stopped at a roadblock in Lukut past midnight and told policemen that they were out to buy cigarettes. "Seven others were fined after they gathered at a field in Taman PD Utama to play football," he said, adding that the fines were issued over the past two days (Jan 27 and 28). The offenders, all locals, were aged from 20 to 50.

Labuan

First batch of Labuan hospital frontliners vaccinated

Labuan

The first batch of 150 frontliners of Labuan Nucleus Hospital received the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine today. The vaccination exercise under the National Immunisation Programme was led by the hospital’s director, Dr Adnan Musa Balidran at the hospital compound and witnessed by Labuan Health director, Dr Ismuni Bohari. “It is our objective to ensure that the healthcare frontliners in the critical area of our hospital are Covid-19-free, and this is in the interest of the public and our patients,” Dr Ismuni told Bernama at the hospital’s vaccination centre today. The remaining 450 frontliners at the hospital will be inoculated in stages from tomorrow.

Sabah

4,950 frontliners in Sabah’s interior to receive Covid-19 vaccine starting today, says deputy minister

Sabah

A total of 4,950 frontliners in the interior of Sabah will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, beginning today. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup said all the first phase recipients are expected to complete the vaccination process by mid-April. “A total of 22 locations of public facilities including the community and cultural halls have been identified as the Vaccine Distribution Centres throughout the Sabah interior zone namely Keningau, Tambunan, Nabawan, and Tenom,” he said.

Sarawak

EMCO in two areas in Sibu to be lifted on March 4

Sarawak

The enhanced movement control order placed on two localities in Sibu, Sarawak, will be lifted on March 4. Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that to date, health authorities had screened 6,818 individuals at Town Villa and Sibujaya flats. Cumulatively, 277 people in both localities had tested positive for Covid-19. He said infectivity rates at both places are showing a downward trend.