Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

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.

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.

Non-compliance with Covid-19 SOP not my turf, Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker tells DAP MP

Kuala Lumpur

Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said today said she has no power to eject any MP who does not wear a face mask or fails to comply with health regulations in Parliament amid the current Covid-19 pandemic. She said the decision to allow any MP to enter Parliament without a face mask lay with the Parliament director-general, its sergeant-at-arms and the security forces stationed there.

Action will be taken against SOP-flouting Najib supporters if report lodged

Kuala Lumpur

The large gathering outside the Jalan Duta court complex here today may have flouted standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), and action will be taken if any report is lodged on the incident. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said it is up to enforcement agencies to take action against those who flouted the SOPs.

Health DG disappointed to see SOP breached at Duta court complex

Kuala Lumpur

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah is saddened to see many breaking social distancing measures at the Duta Court Complex during the SRC trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Tuesday (July 28). "Every day the Health Ministry reminds Malaysians to obey the SOP of maintaining safe distancing of at least 1m, wearing face masks and frequently washing your hands.

Nine KL premises advised to comply with RMCO SOPs, says senior minister

Kuala Lumpur

Nine business premises were advised to comply with recovery movement control order (RMCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs) yesterday, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. He said another 1,359 were found to be obeying the set SOPs during inspections carried out by Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) enforcement teams.

Covid-19 gave Malaysian rubber products a lift, govt data shows

Kuala Lumpur

While many other industries were crippled by the coronavirus pandemic and the government’s movement control order (MCO), Malaysia’s rubber sector gained an unexpected boost. Exports of Malaysian rubber gloves and standard rubber have been particularly healthy since March, the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) reported today.

'Address the concerns over students' return to schools'

Kuala Lumpur

Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye has raised concerns over inculcating new norms relating to challenges of infectious diseases, particularly among pre-schoolers and primary school students. Lee, who is the Alliance for Safe Community chairman, said parents and school teachers were worried about the challenges of instilling discipline in their students to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP).

Pasar malam traders can discuss their issues with DBKL

Kuala Lumpur

Pasar malam traders who are finding it difficult to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in running their businesses are advised to discuss the matter with City Hall (DBKL). Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the relevant hawkers and traders associations could raise their issues with DBKL, which will bring it to the ministers' special meeting on the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

SOPs too restrictive, TAR night market traders postpone reopening

Kuala Lumpur

Some 500 hawkers and traders of the Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR) pasar malam (night market) have opted to postpone the resumption of their business under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) as the set standard operating procedures (SOPs) are too restrictive. Lorong TAR Hawkers and Traders Association chairman Azkhalim Suradi said although traders had been allowed to resume operations starting yesterday, they felt that the SOPs should be reviewed as they were found to be quite unreasonable to be applied in a night market.

Police nab five more foreigners over fake Covid-19 test results

Kuala Lumpur

Police detained five Bangladeshi men in a raid at Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin here on suspicion of falsifying Covid-19 screening test results, according to Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim. He said the suspects, aged between 26 and 30, were detained at 11pm on Tuesday, following the arrest of two Bangladeshi men in a raid carried out along Jalan Alor on June 5.

Covid-19 at reopened Setapak barbershop? Unconfirmed for now, says senior minister

Kuala Lumpur

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said he has yet to receive confirmation that a barber in Setapak has been diagnosed as Covid-19 positive after reopening his shop. However, he stressed the importance of customer registration for contact tracing in visiting public premises. “If it’s true, then the premises will be shut. This is true for any premises — construction sites, barbers or factories. As long as there is a case, the premises will close, and screening of all contacts will be done.

Little ‘balik kampung’ traffic on major highway exits despite travel ban lift

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysians appear to have put on hold their plans to head back to their hometowns, even as the authorities finally lifted the ban on interstate travel after nearly three months since it enforced movement curbs. Traffic on all exits into major highways to the north, south, and the east coast was smooth despite the visibly increased number of vehicles seen on the road, likely due to people returning to work.

Passengers will be required to fill up health declaration before ride, says Grab Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Though Grab is one of the many companies impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, they’ve become one of the most in-demand services needed by customers during social distancing measures. To further gain trust and dependability from customers, Grab announced GrabProtect, which aims to help minimise the spread of Covid-19. GrabProtect includes new safety features, partnerships, and a distribution of hygiene kits to over 100,000 drivers and delivery partners nationwide. The hygiene kits include hand sanitisers and disinfectant sprays to protect vehicles and delivery bags.

Dr Noor Hisham: Children still categorised high-risk for Covid-19 though no child mortality cases locally

Kuala Lumpur

Despite having no Covid-19 deaths from those aged 12 and under, the vulnerability of children and their developing immune systems will see them continue to be categorised as a high-risk group to contract the virus, said Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Health Ministry’s Director-General said that even with low Covid-19 infection rates among children locally, it is still the responsibility of adults to ensure that the safety of the young ones is taken care of. “So far, cases with children’s involvement is around 6.5 per cent of cases, and definitely no mortality under 12 (years old).

Rapid Rail: Social distancing measures to stay

Kuala Lumpur

Rapid KL will continue to abide by social distancing rules and polices set by the government. The rail operator announced this after Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob chided them over their announcement that rail services would go back to normal and commuters would no longer be required to follow social distancing rules. "Rapid Rail as the operator for services under Rapid KL will abide by the government's decision to continue with social distancing in the LRT, MRT and Monorail.

Stricter SOPs for KL markets from June 15

Kuala Lumpur

Business operators and traders, from June 15, not only must observe the new normal but also adhere to stricter regulations set by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) under its newly-released standard operating procedures (SOPs). The SOPs are specifically meant for traders operating at selected morning markets, night markets, open markets and also for those operating at open trading areas such as Bazaria's allowed by DBKL under the Recovery Movement Control order (RMCO) between June 10 to Aug 31.

Success in flattening COVID-19 curve must be maintained with new norms - Lee Lam Thye

Kuala Lumpur

The government’s Health Ministry (MOH) and Ministry of Home Affairs have done well so far in terms of balancing the economic survival and public health, said Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. The Alliance for Safe Community chairman said, the success in flattening the curve of COVID-19 pandemic in the country to a great extent must be followed by making the new norms as the way of life and culture.

As Malaysia moves into RMCO, Health Ministry mulls prior appointments, more virtual clinics, shifts to curb Covid-19 and crowding

Kuala Lumpur

The Ministry of Health is mulling several concepts to prevent congestion at government hospitals and clinics in the long-term fight against the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said among its considerations are expanding house visits for patients, conducting virtual clinics, setting appointments for future treatments and starting dual shifts for its medical personnel. To ensure adherence of social distancing at public hospitals and clinics, he said the ministry may ask patients to come only at an appointed time for treatment.

Parents will get two weeks’ notice before school reopens, says Dr Noor Hisham

Kuala Lumpur

Parents will be given two weeks’ notice before school reopens to allow them enough preparation time, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. He said that the Ministry of Health (MOH) will also have a meeting with the Ministry of Education (MOE) tomorrow to discuss suitable reopening dates. “We have a meeting with the MOE tomorrow. We will discuss suitable dates for implementation (to reopen schools). “We will give two weeks to parents to prepare for school reopening.

IGP says no more roadblocks under RCMO, but to expect traffic control as Malaysians ‘balik kampung’

Kuala Lumpur

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will formulate new tasks following the announcement of the Recovery movement control order (RMCO) enforcement beginning June 10 to Aug 31, to replace the Conditional MCO which ends Tuesday. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said PDRM is in the midst of studying the details of the RMCO enforcement measures. “We reckon the new tasks will be laid out by June 9,” he told Bernama here today.

Health D-G: One new Covid-19 cluster in Gombak found, with one new case today

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia has a new Covid-19 cluster in Gombak, with a Malaysian being the latest case recorded today as part of this cluster, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today. Dr Noor Hisham said that the addition of one case today at the Covid-19 cluster in Gombak brings the total of cases recorded here so far to five cases. He said this new cluster involves police personnel at the Gombak district police headquarters.

Non-Muslim marriage registrations delayed by MCO must be resolved by July 31, says senior minister

Kuala Lumpur

Non-Muslim couples whose marriage registrations were affected or delayed by the movement control order (MCO) have until July 31 to complete their registrations, said senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. In his daily press briefing, Ismail explained that couples have until the end of July to resolve their registrations without having to submit a new application and pay the fees required.

Dr Noor Hisham says Malaysia still in Covid-19 recovery phase, not yet time to plan exit strategy

Kuala Lumpur

The Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1998 (Act 342) will still be enforced and employed as a guideline for authorities, as more economic sectors are allowed to reopen, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today. Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia has yet to reach the stage to consider an exit strategy, explaining that the country is still going through the recovery phases of the pandemic.

Senior minister: PM to make announcement on CMCO tomorrow

Kuala Lumpur

Senior Minster Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has revealed that an announcement will be made tomorrow by the prime minister related to the conditional movement control order (MCO), hinting it could bring good news for bachelors looking to return to families across state lines. When asked to clarify if new standard operating procedures had been decided affecting bachelors looking to reunite with their families, Ismail avoided answering the query, adding that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin might address the issue tomorrow.

15 million Malaysians getting RM50 each in e-wallet funds to boost contactless payments

Kuala Lumpur

The government will inject RM50 each into the e-wallets of around 15 million Malaysians to solidify the adoption of contactless payments that rose here due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said. As part of this announcement of the Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana), the prime minister said the federal government was allocating RM750 million for the initiative. “This (RM50) will also be matched in the form of additional vouchers, cash rebates and discounts from e-wallet providers,” he said.

PM: Economic stimulus packages saved 2.4 million jobs

Kuala Lumpur

The three economic stimulus packages previously introduced by the government to cushion the negative economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic have helped save more than 2.4 million jobs in Malaysia. In a special televised address, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the three packages, totalling RM250 billion, has also helped reduce cash outflow for almost 11 million people. "The economic stimulus packages have also helped to support some 300,000 companies," he added. The implementation of the economic stimulus packages, Muhyiddin said, are still on-going.

Ismail Sabri: Companies can’t force staff to quarantine after interstate, inter-district travel

Kuala Lumpur

Companies are not allowed to make their employees undergo mandatory 14-day self-quarantine after interstate travel, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said that although some states like Sabah and Sarawak required travellers from peninsula Malaysia to complete a 14-day quarantine, this was not a requirement following interstate or inter-district travel within peninsula Malaysia. “Even though we do not allow interstate travel without permission here in the peninsula, there may be some cases involving those who do it with police permission. They are not required to undergo any quarantine. Only those who return from abroad are required to do so.