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.
Thirteen people were detained by police for defying standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) at food premises here last night.
Acting Labuan police chief DSP Mohd Ibrahim Mohd Ghani said all of them, aged between 28 and 48 years, were compounded RM1,000 each, under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the local Infected Areas) Regulations 2020.
The Labuan Health Department beginning today made it compulsory for all travellers to present negative Antigen Rapid Test Kit (RTK-Ag) or Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 results before being allowed to enter the duty-free-island.
Its director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the additional condition applied to all visitors and travellers across Malaysia being entering the island via Labuan ferry terminals and Labuan Airport.
“We have to enforce the stricter ruling following the increase in Covid-19 cases lately.
Covid-19 infections in Labuan have returned to double digits after 27 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, chiefly due to ignorance in adapting to the new normal and standard operating procedure (SOP).
In stating this, Labuan Health Department director, Dr Ismuni Bohari reminded the islanders that the Covid-19 pandemic is not over yet and until no effective vaccine or treatment has been found, everyone remains at risk.
Fishmongers, other vendors and workers at the busy Pasar Sentral Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) here today began taking the Covid-19 test as required by the authorities after a disease cluster was detected there last week.
The wet and dry market of the UTC has remained closed since Dec 10 following detection of the Hujung Pasir Cluster involving vegetable vendors, fishmongers and visitors, with 18 cases recorded so far.
The new Covid-19 cluster of Hujung Pasir with five initial positive cases reported yesterday covers the Pasar Sentral Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) and its surroundings, involving workers, vendors and visitors at the site.
Labuan Health Department director, Dr Ismuni Bohari said the UTC building was declared a new cluster after taking into account the repeated cases in the area.
The Labuan Financial Park Complex mall has been temporarily closed beginning today, after several workers there tested positive for COVID-19.
Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the closure, for a minimum of three days, is to allow complete sanitisation work to be done on all premises on levels one and two of the mall.
"We have given a directive for the closure beginning today as several individuals working in the complex tested positive a couple of days ago," he told Bernama today.
Beginning today, Labuan health personnel have shifted their focus in the Covid-19 active case detection, from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)-sanctioned settlements to the congested rented rooms and houses in the shoplot buildings downtown.
The integrated active case detection, in collaboration with Labuan police and the Immigration Department, is targeted at Covid-19 positive patients who may be staying there.
Labuan is on the verge of recovery from the Covid-19 outbeak, having flattened the curve in the last two days and the trend is expected to continue until next week.
Labuan Health Department director, Dr Ismuni Bohari (pix) said the spread of the virus in the local community was well-controlled but the challenge was dealing with the inflow of travellers to the island.
Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) Labuan has heightened preventive measures at its premises following the increase in Covid-19 positive cases detected through its arrival hall.
The measures include vigilant cleaning and sanitising of all its facilities at the buildings for the safety of passengers.
At least 30 per cent of the Filipino refugees and residents in the water squatter settlement of Kg Muslim, here, will get tested for Covid-19, following emergence of the new Titian Cluster there on Friday.
Labuan Health Department director, Dr Ismuni Bohari said several groups of healthcare personnel had been mobilised to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)-sanctioned settlement on a daily basis to get as many (residents) as they could to undergo the test.
Putrajaya today announced Labuan will continue to be placed under a conditional movement control order (CMCO) from October 31 until November 13 as the Covid-19 cases in the state is still on the rise.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the decision was made upon the Ministry of Health's (MOH) advice during their daily Nasional Security Council (NSC) meeting today.