About 1.99 million doses of vaccine are needed to inoculate workers in the manufacturing sector under the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (PIKAS) between July and September this year.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said 600,000 doses of vaccine would be required next month, 600,000 doses in August and 795,000 doses in September for the PIKAS programme, which would be carried out at 49 designated industry vaccination centres (PPVs).
"This supply of vaccines is vital for a successful implementation of PIKAS, and National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinator Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has given an assurance that PIKAS would be allocated 600,000 doses in July.
One million senior citizens nationwide have received the first dose of the vaccine under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun.
She said of the total, 229,462 individuals have completed two doses of vaccination while the rest received the first dose since the second phase of the vaccination exercise which prioritises the senior citizens commenced in April.
"In total, 60 per cent of the 3.5 million senior citizens, aged 60 and above, have registered for vaccination through the MySejahtera application.
10 students of Sekolah Kebangsaan Dato' Penghulu Luak Jempol, here, have been confirmed as Covid-19 positive.
District disaster management and safety committee chairman Syahrul Nizam Saleh said they were believed to have contracted the virus from family members.
"These cases are not linked to any school clusters. The cause of the infections are still under investigation by the Jempol health district office," he told Berita Harian via Whatsapp today.
Separately, school headmaster Jeffry Ros Abu Kassim, in a Facebook post, asked for the public to pray for the wellbeing of the students.
A glove manufacturing factory in the Dioh Industrial Area has been ordered to shut for 14-days by the authorities after eight workers were confirmed to be Covid-19 positive.
Another 400 workers have been told to undergo quarantine to curb the spread of the virus.
Kuala Pilah district officer Mohd Faizal Abdul Manap said the decision was made after obtaining test results of the workers from screening conducted by the Health Ministry on Wednesday.
Mohd Faizal, who is also the district disaster management and safety committee chairman, said all the workers affected were from Bangladesh.
Twelve foreign workers were each slapped with a RM1,500 compound for violating the Covid-19 prevention procedures here, says district police chief Supt Hoo Chang Hook.
He said the workers who were from India and Bangladesh and aged between 25 and 47 had failed to observe physical distancing when travelling in a lorry.
They were also being investigated for breaching the inter-district travel rule after they failed to produce a letter from the police permitting them to do so.
They allegedly committed the offence when stopped at a roadblock at KM1, Jalan Rompin-Pasir Besar in Gemas near here on Monday (May 17) evening.
Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital (HTJ) here has converted several normal wards into semi-Intensive Care Units (ICU) following a spike in Covid-19 cases in Negri Sembilan.
State Health, Environment, Cooperatives and Consumerism Committee chairman S.Veerapan said the move was taken to accommodate more critical cases requiring respiratory assistance as the ICU beds of the hospital were almost full.
The Masjid Negeri here has been ordered to close for a week from Friday (May 14), after worshippers were found to have violated Covid-19 prevention standard operating procedures (SOPs).
The Negri Sembilan Islamic Affairs Department said some worshippers had failed to put on face masks, while there were others who did not bring their own prayer mats (sejadah) as required.
Any mosque or surau in Negri Sembilan that fails to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs), set to curb the spread of Covid-19 infection, will be ordered to close for a week.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said that the move was aimed at protecting the community’s health and preventing unwanted things from happening, including the spread of the pandemic in houses of worship.
A total of 22 schools in Negri Sembilan were closed for two days starting today following the detection of Covid-19 positive cases in the schools.
Negri Sembilan Investment, Industrial, Entrepreneurship, Education and Human Capital Action Committee chairman Datuk Mohamad Rafie Ab Malek said the schools involved were Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kampong Batu, SK King George, SK Labu, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Forest Heights (SJKC), Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan Chan Wa (SMJK), SJKT Lorong Java and SJKC Chung Hua, Seremban.
Celebrity Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor and her husband Haris Ismail will be called up to the Nilai police headquarters soon regarding viral videos on social media of them allegedly violating Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
Kampung Bangkahulu in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan, will come under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) for two weeks, from April 29 to May 12. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Health Ministry conducted 170 screening tests and of the total, 38 Covid-19 positive cases were recorded.
The Negeri Sembilan government sees no necessity to close the current school session as the Covid-19 cases among students and teachers in the state are still under control.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said the Covid-19 infection only affected two schools.