Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced today that he has set early October as the target for the administration Covid-19 vaccine booster shot for high-risk groups.
During the Kedah Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) press conference, Khairy listed those who fall into the category: the elderly with comorbidities, frontliners with health issues or at high-risk, those with poor immune systems and workers at old folks homes.
“We will prioritise them first and after that, we will open to others. This, we may be able to execute in early October for this first group, God willing,” he said.
There is a need to tighten checks on the MySejahtera application status of individuals at all premises, especially supermarkets, to ensure those placed under the Home Supervision Order (HSO) do not gain entry.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said his ministry had detected non-compliance of the HSO because there were still individuals found checking in at supermarkets despite being in the quarantine period.
"In Kedah, in just one week, there were 523 MySejahtera check-ins (to premises) who were Covid-19 positive or high-risk individuals placed under home quarantine.
Authorities will crackdown on syndicates said to be involved in the sale of fake Covid-19 vaccination certificates.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said he has received information on the existence of such syndicates allegedly involved in the sale of Covid-19 vaccination certificate.
"If this is true, I would like to stress that the action of this syndicate is irresponsible and an insult to the strong effort by our frontliners as well as volunteers involved in the Covid-19 immunisation programme to ensure Malaysians have been fully inoculated.
"I will ensure that action will be taken against these syndicates.
A total of 14,954 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Sunday (Sept 19), bringing the cumulative total to 2,097,830, says the Health Ministry.
Sarawak recorded the highest number of cases with 2,707 infections, followed by Selangor (2,028), Johor (1,948), Kelantan (1,420) and Sabah (1,356).
This was followed by Penang (1,259), Perak (1,222), Kedah (809), Pahang (705), Terengganu (671), Kuala Lumpur (383), Melaka (207), Negeri Sembilan (144), Perlis (76) and Putrajaya (19). Labuan recorded zero cases.
Four localities — three in Pahang and one in Sabah — will be placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from Monday until October 3, according to the National Security Council (MKN).
MKN’s national security director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said the affected localities in Pahang are Kampung Sungai Kabuk, Kampung Sungai Tiang dan Kampung Sungai Chohong in Lembah Bertam, Cameron Highlands, while in Sabah, the area involved is Kampung Tamu Darat, Kota Belud.
He said the decision to enforce the EMCO was made after the Health Ministry’s presentation on risk assessment as well as Covid-19 infection trends.
The government is currently working on vaccine efficiency analysis to give a better insight into that issue.
Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) head of data, Dr Mahesh Appannan revealed this when asked if there is any possible approach to conducting analysis on vaccine efficiency.
This comes following a trend in which people are trying to conduct their own analysis, resulting in confusion among society due to some analysis saying certain vaccines had shown waning effect after a period of time.
The number of Covid-19 cases continues to decline for the fourth consecutive day, as the country records 15,549 new infections as of noon today.
Sarawak remained the state with the most number of cases at 2,929, followed by Johor at 2,208.
Selangor reported 1,995 cases, followed by Sabah (1,395), Penang (1,375), Kelantan (1,214), Perak (1,120), and Kedah (1,073).
States reporting case numbers in the hundreds are Terengganu (755), Pahang (634), Kuala Lumpur (382), Melaka (263), and Negri Sembilan (131).
The Health Ministry has identified 19 new Covid-19 clusters, taking the active number to 1,387.
Of the clusters reported Friday (Sept 17), 11 involved workplaces, six community clusters and two were identified as “high-risk group” clusters.
In its daily Covid-19 updates, the ministry said the highest number of cases involved a workplace at Jalan Simpang Pulai Cameron in the district of Kinta, Perak.
The cluster, which recorded 257 cases out of 355 individuals screened, was discovered following targeted screenings involving workers of a farm.
Two localities will be placed under the enhanced movement control order beginning Sunday (Sept 19).
The affected areas are Kampung Air in Beluran, Sabah and Kampung Sungai Padi in Lipis, Pahang.
According to the National Security Council (NSC) on Friday (Sept 17), the localities will be under lockdown until Oct 2.
The council also announced that the enhanced MCO placed on Taman Samudera in Manjung, Perak will be extended until Oct 2.
Kampung Sungai Padi in the Telang sub-district in Lipis, Pahang and Kampung Air, Beluran, Sabah will come under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from this Sunday until October 2.
National Security Council (MKN) director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said the decision was made after the Health Ministry’s presentation on risk assessment as well as Covid-19 infection trends.
“The standard operating procedures (SOP) for the EMCO is like previously announced,” he said in a statement posted on Facebook today.
Meanwhile, he said the EMCO in Taman Samudera, Seri Manjung in Manjung, Perak which was supposed to end tomorrow has been extended until October 2.
Malaysia recorded 17,577 new daily Covid-19 cases today.
According to the Ministry of Health, this brings the cumulative number of cases to 2,067,327 since the pandemic began.
Sarawak continued to record the highest cases at 3,480, followed by Selangor at 2,646, Johor at 2,334, Perak at 1,596, Sabah at 1,533, Penang at 1,462 and Kedah at 1,173.
Friday prayers at mosques in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya which are in Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), are allowed to be held with up to 500 congregants, effective Friday (Sept 17).
Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) director Datuk Mohd Ajib Ismail said 250 congregants were allowed for the same purpose in seven zonal mosques as well as kariah (vicinity) mosques, while for Friday prayers surau, it was 150 people, and surau with special permission to hold the Friday prayers (100 people).
According to him, Friday prayers surau and surau with special permission to hold the Friday prayers at the People’s Housing Projects (PPR) and Public Housing (PA) under the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would be allowed to hold the prayers with 80 congregants.