Several student Residential Colleges at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Lendu in Alor Gajah have been ordered to close for 10 days beginning on Thrusday (Nov 11) after a student was found to be Covid-19 positive in preliminary screening.
Melaka Health director Dr Rusdi Abd Rahman said the closure notice was issued under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 after the detection of the positive case and eight symptomatic students.
"The Alor Gajah District Health Office (PKD) was notified by the UiTM Clinic at 2pm on Tuesday (Nov 9) that the student was found Covid-19 positive through Rapid Test Kit-Antigen (RTK-Ag) screening while eight others had upper respiratory tract symptoms (URTI).
A UiTM Lendu student has been tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a programme, the Melaka Health Department said.
Worse, Melaka Health Department director Dr Rusdi Abd Rahman said, following the case, eight more students were detected experiencing upper respiratory tract symptoms (URTI).
The first case was detected after the Alor Gajah Health Office received a notification from the university's clinic on Tuesday at 2pm.
The student was tested positive through the use of a rapid test kit.
Night and morning markets in Melaka will only be allowed to operate after all traders and employees have received two-dose of Covid-19 vaccine, said Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.
He said this was to ensure the safety of the public and was in line with the state government’s efforts to achieve herd immunity by October.
“The state government is actively expediting vaccination of the relevant groups through the Retail Industry Vaccination Programme (RiVAC) as well as private collaboration with local authorities (PBT).
Melaka residents who have completed two doses of Covid-19 vaccination are allowed to dine-in effective today.
The decision was announced by the state National Security Council (MKN) in a statement on its official Facebook page today after the Melaka Covid-19 State Special Committee meeting yesterday.
Melaka MKN issued an official statement because state residents were confused about the relaxation to allow dine-in and morning markets operation in the state since yesterday.
Melaka has implemented the targeted movement control order (MCO) involving eight factories in the Ayer Keroh Industrial Area here, for 14 days, effective midnight last night.
State Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Compliance Committee chairman Ramli Mohd Ali said the targeted MCO enforced following the increase in Covid-19 positive cases in the area.
He said as of yesterday, 354 workers from eight factories, 237 of whom were foreigners have tested positive for Covid-19.
Ramli said five clusters involving workers at the industrial area were also detected, namely the Jalan Usaha 7 Cluster, Jalan Usaha 2 Cluster, Ayer Keroh Industrial Cluster, Jalan P1 Ayer Keroh Cluster and Jalan Sri Raya Cluster.
A drive-through vaccination centre is expected to begin operations next week at Dewan Tun Ali in Bukit Katil here.
Melaka Health and Anti-Drugs Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said the location is seen as suitable because it has the space for observation of those receiving their vaccine injections.
"This is good news for the people of Melaka as the state government is working towards speeding up the vaccination process.
"So far, Dewan Tun Ali is the most suitable because it has a relatively large parking space, with medical officers on hand to monitor (recipients' progress)," he said when met by reporters at the vaccination centre here Saturday (June 5).
The use of Covid-19 intensive care unit (ICU) beds at Melaka Hospital is nearing the warning level after 51 out of the 72 beds allocated have been occupied as of yesterday.
State Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said the situation forced additional ICU beds to be placed in regular wards as there are 145 patients, including non-Covid-19 patients, being treated at the ICU compared to its current capacity of 114.
“This is not a simple matter as it requires special beds, equipment and many things require the proper setting. It is not comparable to a real ICU,” he told a media conference here today.
The Melaka Health Department needs about two weeks to confirm the type of virus variant that infected a female teacher who died of Covid-19 on Wednesday.
State Health director Datuk Dr Ismail Ali also rubbished claims that the teacher was infected with a new Covid-19 variant.
He said the genomic surveillance of Covid-19 samples conducted by the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) was to identify and confirm the variant of the virus.
“It is a complex process and takes two weeks,” he said in a statement here today.
Therefore, he called on the people to stop spreading false news regarding the teacher’s death.
The Covid-19 spike and emergence of several new clusters in Melaka over the past few days is believed to be due Hari Raya visits, said State Health and Anti-Drugs Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman.
Rahmad said those who tested positive for Covid-19 admitted they had visited their relatives and other family members even though they were prohibited from doing so.
"It is true some of the new clusters were due to non-compliance of the standard operating procedures (SOP) ...secretly these people have been out visiting their family members and some have travelled inter-district and interstate and this has contributed to the surge in cases," he told Bernama here today.
Melaka police have issued 44 compounds worth RM154,500 for various violations of the standard operating procedure (SOP) under movement control order 3.0 since May 12 until noon today.
Melaka police chief Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali said from the total, 28 compounds were for not observing physical distancing, entertainment centre activities (one), premises operating beyond the permitted hours (five), illegal interstate travel (seven) and travelling in a vehicle with more than three persons (three).
“The highest compound issued was RM25,000 for operating beyond the permitted hours involving an entertainment centre.
“On the overall, the level of SOP compliance by the people in the state was at 98 per cent and monitoring would continued to be carried out including house-to-house,” he said when met by reporters at Melaka police contingent headquarters here today.
Kampung Lubok Redan in Masjid Tanah that has been placed under an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from midnight last night to May 29 encompasses 531 people in 151 houses, according to the police.
Alor Gajah District Police chief Supt Arshad Abu advised the residents and users of the main road in the Lubok Redan area to comply with the directives of the authorities.
He said a 24-hour operations room has been set up in the Kampung Ujong Padang community hall and personnel of various departments and agencies have been stationed there to channel any form of aid if necessary.
He also said that eight rat trails which are used as alternative routes by the people to get in and out of the village were being monitored to prevent movement during the EMCO.
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.