Johor saw an increase of 15 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, including the emergence of a new cluster, called the Kobena Cluster.
Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the latest figure brings the total number of Covid-19 cases reported in the state to 1,100.
He said of the total, 946 cases or 86 per cent had recovered.
The Covid-19 situation in Johor is still under control although new clusters have emerged of late, with the latest being Jeri Cluster involving the districts of Kota Tinggi, Mersing and Muar.
State Health and Environment Committee chairman, R. Vidyananthan said the rise in the number of reported cases, particularly in Kota Tinggi, was the result of active case detection and increased surveillance by the State Health Department in curbing the pandemic.
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Jalan Kota Tinggi, near Kluang, has been ordered to close for seven days from today after one of its Form One students tested positive for Covid-19.
Johor Education, Information, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman Mazlan Bujang said the school was ordered shut to facilitate a cleaning and disinfection process.
Forty-seven private Islamic religious institutions in Johor Bahru, which have yet to register with the Johor Islamic Religious Department (JAINJ), have been urged to temporarily closed their institutions, for 14 days as the district has been declared as a Covid-19 red zone.
State Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman Tosrin Jarvanthi said that the institutions include tahfiz centres, private religious schools, madrasahs and pondok, have been ordered to close from today until Nov 14.
The National Unity Ministry has ordered all Tabika Perpaduan preschools and Taska Genius Perpaduan day-care centres in Johor Baru and Kulai in Johor to close for two weeks.
In a statement today, its minister, Datuk Halimah Mohamaed Sadique, said the closures, from Nov 1 to 14, follow the districts being declared Covid-19 red zones yesterday.
"The closures will affect 1,507 children and 124 teachers from 60 preschools and one day-care centre.
The National Unity Ministry has ordered Tabika Perpaduan (TP) and Taska Genius Perpaduan (TGP) nurseries in Johor Baru district and Kulai in Johor to close for two weeks beginning tomorrow because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement today, the ministry said the Health Ministry (MoH) had declared Johor Baru as a Covid-19 red zone on October 30.
“This directive involves the closure of 60 TP and one TGP with a total of 1,507 pupils and 124 teaching staff,” the statement said.
The Johor Baru city centre and its entire district have been declared as a Covid-19 red zone after recording a spike in cases yesterday.
This was after it recorded more than 40 Covid-19 positive cases in the past 14 days.
Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said monitoring and surveillance efforts would be actively increased to contain the spread of the virus.
MBSB Bank Bhd has confirmed that two of its employees at the Johor Bahru (JB) regional office have tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement today, the bank said the affected employees were identified as close contacts of an employee who had tested positive for Covid-19 on Oct 23.
Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad (Bank Muamalat) today affirmed that one of its Johor Baru Regional Office employees has tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement, the bank said all employees at the regional office and Johor Baru branch who had been in direct contact with the employee have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
"Contact tracing is also underway, in line with the Health Ministry's guidelines.
Sekolah Agama Taman Cempaka and Sekolah Agama Kempas, here, were ordered closed for a week from today due to the detection of new Covid-19 cases in the state.
State Islamic Affairs Committee chairman, Tosrin Jarvanthi said the schools had been ordered to close temporarily until October 31 following the advice of the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Two more religious schools here have been ordered to temporarily close following the detection of Covid-19 cases.
The two schools, Sekolah Agama Taman Rinting and Sekolah Agama Tafrijiyyah Taman Universiti, were ordered to cease operations for a week.
Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Taman Desa Skudai here will be closed for eight days starting today after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.
A check at the school today found a notice from the Johor State Education Department hung on the school gate informing of the closure from Oct 16 until Oct 23.
Two public markets in Pasir Gudang, near here, will be temporarily closed starting tomorrow as a measure to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) announced the closure of the Pasar Awam Masai and Pasar Muafakat Sabah @ Johor from October 12 to 17, via a notification posted on its Facebook page today.
The recent resurgence of Covid-19 cases has not affected foreign investments in various projects in Johor, said the state investment, entrepreneurship development, cooperatives and human resource committee chairman Mohd Izhar Ahmad.
He said more than 10 investors had expressed their intention and interest to return and invest in the state.
Close contacts of a couple from the Bakawali Cluster have tested positive for Covid-19, yesterday.
Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the couple returned to Johor Baru via a flight from Tawau, Sabah on Sept 18.
He said the couple went for a Covid-19 screening upon arrival, and the infection was only detected when both husband and wife started displaying symptoms on Sept 24.
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.
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.
If the federal government is unwilling to cover the quarantine costs for poor Johoreans who want to return from Singapore, the Johor state government has the responsibility to do so.
Akmal Nasir (PKR - Johor Baru) said the Johor administration should emulate the Sarawak state government which bears the total quarantine costs for all Sarawakians returning to the state.
Up to 29 individuals have been issued compounds in Johor for not wearing face masks in public transport and crowded places.
Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said 26 compounds were issued in Kota Tinggi district, while another three were in Iskandar Puteri.
It follows checks conducted by police at 389 public places from yesterday until 12pm today.
Johor police have arrested 4,225 people statewide since the movement control order (MCO) was first implemented on March 18.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said that on Sunday (July 26) alone, some 74 people were compounded for violating the recovery MCO.
“We have 203 teams comprising 1,511 personnel carrying out checks statewide, ” he said.
Cross-border travel under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) is expected to start on Aug 17 at the earliest.
This comes after Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein met with his Singapore counterpart Dr Vivian Balakrishnan at the Causeway here on Sunday (July 26).
After months of temporary closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Legoland Malaysia Resort is now reopened to visitors while operating at reduced capacity as a precaution, starting yesterday. Its divisional director Lim Choong Sean said the theme park welcomes its visitors into its hotel as well as its interactive underwater attraction, Sea Life Malaysia.
Muslims in the state will be allowed to visit graves during the recovery movement control order (MCO) that begins on June 10, as long as they follow the new standard operating procedures (SOP). Johor Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Tosrin Jarvanthi said permission is given based on the advice from the Health Ministry.
Johor is well prepared to restart the school session and will be strictly following the Health Ministry’s guidelines, says state Education, Information, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman Mazlan Bujang.
He said the state Education Department had carried out a briefing for all 11 district education offices to update the officials on the new standard operating procedure.
A total of 2,720 people are still housed at the quarantine centres around the state.
Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan (pic) said as of Sunday (May 24), there were 59 quarantine stations in the state with the capacity to house some 10,200 individuals.
"A total of 21,439 visitors were recorded to have entered the state and some 16,215 of them were sent to quarantine centres while 5,140 were given a home surveillance order.
"Since May 8, all visitors entering the state were sent to quarantine centres," he said in a statement here on Tuesday (May 26).
Johor police have urged the public not to cheer mat rempits for their stunts or jeer police for acting against these public nuisance who are violating the law, especially the conditional movement control order (CMCO).
He was commenting on a video trending on social media since last night showing a few mat rempits pushing their motorcycles accompanied by a team of motorcycle police patrol while the takbir raya was being played. The scene drew a lot of criticisms from netizens.
Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said some members of the community have disputed the matter and consider it as an insult to Islam.
The Johor government has launched a “Jejak Johor” application to assist in contact tracing to curb the spread of Covid-19, said Mentri Besar Datuk Ir Hasni Mohammad.
He said the app would allow the Johor State Health Department (JKNJ) to obtain users’ contact record and inform them immediately of any risks of Covid-19 infection.
Police here have recorded 34 Macau scam cases during the movement control order (MCO) and conditional MCO from March 18 until May 18 with losses amounting to almost RM500,000.
Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Ahsmon Bajah said pensioners and farmers who owned land were targeted.