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.
Police issued compounds of RM1,000 each to 17 individuals for violating the standard operating procedures (SOP) during the Movement Control Order (MCO) by jogging at the Sungai Udang Recreational Forest here at 6.30 pm yesterday.
Melaka Police chief Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali said the offenders, aged between 13 and 41, were compounded under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1998 (Act 342) as no activities are allowed in recreational parks during the MCO period.
A medical student has tested positive for Covid-19, say state health authorities.
Melaka health and anti-drug committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said the student from a local medical college is currently being treated at Melaka Hospital after testing positive on Thursday (Jan 21).
"The college has now switched to online classes due to the Covid-19 scare," he said on Friday (Jan 22).
The Melaka Manpower Department (JTK) today launched the Covid-19 Health Screening Programme Special Task Force (TF-PSKC19) to detect employers who fail to provide health screening for their foreign workers.
State Unity, Community Relations, Manpower and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman, Datuk Ismail Othman said the integrated programme would be implemented with the cooperation of the Melaka Social Security Organisation and Occupational Safety and Health Department (JKKP) from today until January 28.
“Employers in Melaka who have more than 50 per cent foreign workers must ensure that these workers undergo Covid-19 screening with the costs to be fully borne by the employers.
A total of 83 close contacts of two Melaka Police Headquarters Contingent (IPK) personnel, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week, have been identified, said Melaka Police chief Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali.
He said the two women personnel, a sub-inspector and a civil servant aged 30 and 53, are from the logistics division of the IPK.
“The close contacts who have been identified comprised officers, personnel as well as family members and 45 of them have been ordered to undergo home quarantine.
The Melaka business community welcomes the clearer government guidelines for the current movement control order (MCO) compared to first enforced in March last year.
Malacca Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Siang Teck Siong said it was crucial for the local business community to be aware of the latest developments in relation to MCO.
"This is to avoid any confusion over what constitutes essential services and other less-important sectors. It's a tough environment for both the government and business community.
The office of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Melaka limits the number of purchases for some high demand items such as white bread, chicken, eggs, sugar, flour and rice in all supermarkets and retail shops in the state.
State Unity, Community Relations, Human Resources and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Ismail Othman said it was to prevent a similar situation last year from recurring when the country would return to implement the movement control order (MCO) tomorrow.
He said a notification letter on the matter had been distributed to all business premises involving about 8,000 retail traders as well as shopping malls, supermarkets and petrol stations.
Covid-19 patients in Melaka will be sent to the Low-Risk Treatment and Quarantine Centre (PKRC) at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS), Selangor from now on.
Melaka Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali said this was due to Melaka Hospital, being the only quarantine centre in the state, no longer able to cope with the increasing number of Covid-19 positive cases.
“Melaka Hospital can accommodate over 200 beds only but the number of cases increased to 70 two days ago (Friday) and to 50 yesterday, (for example), so surely the hospital could not cope wth the bigger number of positive cases.”
The exponential increase of Covid-19 positive cases in Melaka on Thursday (Dec 17) is due to the influx of inmates of two outstation prisons, says Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.
The Melaka Chief Minister said the record number of 98 cases on a single day was caused by the transfer of prisoners from Kajang and Sungai Buloh prisons since November.
"The high number of cases were registered at the Jasin correctional facility, where the prisoners transferred had their own previous Covid-19 clusters.
More than 8,000 workers from a factory in Batu Berendam here will undergo Covid-19 screening after some of them tested positive, said state Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman.
He said the factory, which will bear the cost of the screening, initiated the move following a rise in Covid-19 positive cases among its employees, triggering a new cluster called the Berendam Cluster.
Police escorted home a 33-year-old woman wearing a pink wristband after she violated the quarantine order under the Covid-19 recovery movement control order (RMCO) by buying basic items for Deepavali at a hypermarket in Batu Berendam, here, yesterday.
Melaka Tengah district police chief, ACP Afzanizar Ahmad said acting on a complaint from the security guard at the hypermarket about 6.45pm, a police team rushed and found the woman with a male relative at the hypermarket.
Melaka is allowing Friday prayers and other congregational prayers to be held in all mosques and designated Friday suraus in the state during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period which will come into force starting tomorrow (Nov 9) until Dec 6.
Melaka Mufti Datuk Abdul Halim Tawil said congregation attendance would be according to mosque capacity with physical distancing and subject to the existing standard operating procedure (SOP).