Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

Bangsar Shopping Centre outlet staff latest to test positive for Covid-19, mall to close early for sanitisation

Kuala Lumpur

Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) said it will temporarily close today to undertake sanitisation procedures after a staff member at an outlet tested positive for Covid-19. In light of the newest development, BSC’s management also said the outlet has immediately closed its doors and ordered all staff to undergo Covid-19 testing in accordance with the Health Ministry’s standard operating procedure.

Dining out safely with new norms in place

Kuala Lumpur

Many restaurant owners have adapted to new norms and put all necessary standard operating procedures (SOP) in place. Customers have also been careful to comply with all new rules, such as temperature scanning, screening of details and physical distancing. Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association (Presma) president Datuk Jawahar Ali Taib Khan said its members had observed significant improvements in terms of people adhering to the SOP, so much so that it had become a habit for most.

1Utama staff undergo mass Covid-19 screening at mall's parking lots

Kuala Lumpur

1Utama shopping mall in Bandar Utama here is providing Covid-19 screening at its parking lots from today for its staff. In a statement, the management said the private test for its employees was fully borne by 1Utama. "We had swiftly deployed teams on the floor yesterday to register the tenants.

Absenteeism on the rise in Klang Valley schools

Kuala Lumpur

Absenteeism is on the rise in schools around the Klang Valley since last week, following the spike in Covid-19 cases in the country, including among teachers and students. SK Bangsar here announced it would close for a week yesterday after two pupils tested positive for Covid-19 recently, but schools in the rest of the Klang Valley are seeing a drop in attendance despite not recording any cases. A teacher, who wanted to be known only as Fiqa, 30, said poor student attendance at her school began last week.

Cuepacs urges schools with Covid-19 cases to close temporarily

Kuala Lumpur

The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has suggested that all schools with positive Covid-19 cases be temporarily closed to curb the spread of the disease. Its president Adnan Mat said temporary closure would facilitate proper identification of close contacts to reduce the risk of further infections. “If the schools continue to operate with the presence of close contacts, Cuepacs is worried that it would increase the risk of contagion. The school cleaning and sanitisation works can be done efficiently if the schools are closed.

Spike in Covid cases a cause for concern

Kuala Lumpur

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) views the worsening spread of Covid-19 nationwide with great concern, especially in Sabah and Kedah. Its president, Prof Datuk M. Subramaniam, said the astronomical increase in both states necessitates the need for a targeted enhanced movement control order (Temco) in multiple red zones.

Mosques, surau in Federal Territories to hold hajat prayer after Maghrib beginning today

Kuala Lumpur

All mosques and surau in the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan are urged to hold the “hajat” prayer for three consecutive days after the Maghrib prayer from today. Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department director Mohd Ajib Ismail said the “hajat” prayer would be held to seek Allah’s protection against Covid-19.

Sime Darby Property confirms one case, HQ closed

Kuala Lumpur

An employee at Sime Darby Property (Group) headquarters here has been tested positive for Covid-19. This was confirmed by the conglomerate through its statement issued today. It said the employee was tested positive on Oct 6 and was currently undergoing treatment at the hospital. Following that, it said the headquarters would be temporarily closed for deep cleaning and disinfection exercises.

Najib enters Covid-19 quarantine, 1MDB trial postponed

Kuala Lumpur

Datuk Seri Najib Razak's 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial, which was supposed to commence today after a two-week break, has been postponed as the former prime minister is still under home quarantine. His lead counsel, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, informed the court that his client has been served with an order to remain at home for 14 days after coming into close contact with a person who had tested positive for Covid-19.

NSTP employee tests positive for Covid-19 after returning from Sabah

Kuala Lumpur

Media Prima Bhd today affirmed that a New Straits Times (M) Bhd (NSTP) employee who returned from editorial duties in Sabah has tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement, the Group said that the staff member has been admitted to a government hospital and that Media Prima is working closely with health authorities to minimise exposure of the virus to other employees. "The affected person returned from editorial duties in Sabah on Sept 30 and had taken the mandatory Covid-19 test by the Health Ministry.

NSTP personnel tests positive for Covid-19 after returning from Sabah

Kuala Lumpur

Media Prima Berhad (Media Prima) today confirmed that an employee of The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad (NSTP) has been diagnosed with Covid-19 after returning from Sabah state election coverage. Media Prima in a statement said the employee is now under the care of a government hospital. “The affected personnel returned from editorial duties in Sabah on Sept 30 and had undertaken the mandatory Covid-19 test administered by the Ministry of Health.

Alliance Bank staff tests positive for Covid-19

Kuala Lumpur

Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd (Alliance Bank) said a non-client-facing employee of the bank has tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from Sabah on Sept 27. It said the employee had not come to work since Sept 12 due to her Sabah trip. "This employee has not had any physical contact with any other employees at the office since then, and is currently undergoing medical treatment at an appointed government hospital," the bank said in a statement today.