Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

Extra safety measures for returnees from Sabah

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After 11 Covid-19 cases were detected among those returning from Sabah today, the Health Ministry has announced extra safety measures, including mandatory health screenings for all those travelling back from the state. “From Sept 27 to Oct 10, all returnees from Sabah will undergo screening for respiratory tract infection and Covid-19 at both international and domestic arrival gates.

One new case recorded in Sarawak, total at 704, says SDMC

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Sarawak recorded one new Covid-19 case today, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state at 704. In a statement, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) informed that the 704th case was detected in Lawas involving a healthcare worker with the State Health Department who had undergone the Covid-19 test screening before participating in the Public Health Assistance Team to Sabah to help in tackling the infection spread there.

Health Ministry announces 82 new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia today, no deaths

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Malaysia registered 82 new Covid-19 cases today, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced. Taking to his Facebook, the director-general of the Ministry of Health (MOH) added that no new deaths were registered today.

Ismail Sabri: 115 arrested for RMCO violations, most caught for disobeying social distancing measures

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A total of 115 people were arrested for violating the movement control order (MCO) regulations yesterday, with the bulk of offenders disobeying social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders in areas placed under the administrative enhanced movement control order. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 111 of those detained were issued compounds, while four were remanded.

Health Ministry: 111 new Covid-19 cases with 97 from Sabah, no deaths

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Malaysia confirmed 111 Covid-19 infections on Friday (Sept 25), making this the second time in a week that the number of new cases is in triple figures. Sabah recorded the highest number of new cases with 97 new infections, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement Friday (Sept 25). The Bangau-Bangau cluster in Semporna had a spike of 74 new infections, bringing its total to 134 cases.

Health Ministry: New Orkim cluster detected among crew of ship docked in Johor

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The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced today that a new Covid-19 cluster has emerged in Johor. In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the isolated Orkim cluster was detected aboard a ship that is docked in Pasir Gudang. The index case of this cluster, Case 12,572, was a crew member aboard the ship that sailed from Indonesia.

D614G-type mutation found in 5 clusters

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The Institute of Medical Research (IMR) has detected a D614G-type mutation in all 32 Covid-19 virus samples in five clusters. In a Facebook post, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the IMR has performed genome tests on 32 Covid-19 virus samples that have been detected from isolation and culturing tests for the Benteng LD cluster (23), PUI Sivagangga cluster (four), Tawar cluster (three), as well as the Sungai and Bukit Tiram clusters with one respectively.

Confusion over green lane SOP

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Inconsistent instructions on the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) pass for travel between Singapore and Malaysia have caused confusion among travellers. Shameera Noordin, 32, told theSun she was baffled by conflicting directives from the Health Ministry and information on the Immigration Department website. When applying for the RGL pass for a work trip to Singapore, she was told by a government official that upon returning to Malaysia, she was required to undergo a 14-day quarantine and bear the costs.

Putrajaya says authorities keeping tight control over spread of Covid-19 ‘fake news’

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The Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the police have opened 268 investigation papers into the spread of “fake news” in relation to Covid-19, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. Of this number, 131 are still under investigation, while 35 cases have since been prosecuted in court, 12 have been issued warning notices, 16 still under trial, and 19 have pleaded guilty.

78 arrested for violating RMCO

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A total of 78 individuals were arrested for violating the recovery movement control order (RMCO) yesterday. Of this number, 74 were issued compounds while four were remanded. Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said among the offences committed were not wearing face masks (23) and breaching the enforced movement control order (18).

Dr Noor Hisham: Mandatory testing for anyone with symptoms and Covid-19 'red zone' contact

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The Health Ministry has mandated Covid-19 tests for all individuals who have been to or were from areas designated as “red zones” if they display symptoms of infection. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said that all others were strongly encouraged to have themselves tested at the nearest public health facility even if they were not symptomatic.

71 new cases recorded today, with 63 in Sabah - Health DG

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The number of new Covid-19 cases in the country dropped to two digits today, with 71 cases reported, of which 63 were recorded in Sabah, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix). He said 69 of the cases were local transmissions involving 43 Malaysians and 26 foreigners while the two imported cases involved foreigners returning from Singapore and Indonesia.

Police to ramp up compliance monitoring following rise in Covid-19 cases

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The police will ramp up compliance monitoring of standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) following the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador. He said he had instructed the compliance teams to detain or compound those who violated the SOP without compromise.

Armed Forces dismisses claims personnel contracted Covid-19 during early voting in Sabah

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The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) today denied allegations that there were Covid-19 infection cases among its personnel after dipping their fingers in indelible ink during the early voting process for the Sabah State Election on Tuesday. MAF headquarters in a statement today said the allegation, which went viral on social media, was fake news and can cause confusion, spark concern among the people as well as disrupt the state election process.

Cops detain 137 for RMCO violations, 111 fined

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The police detained 137 people for various offences under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) yesterday, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced. He said that of that number, 111 were slapped with compound notices, 25 were remanded and one was given bail.

Malaysia climbs back to 3-digit Covid-19 cases

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Malaysia's Covid-19 numbers continued to rise with 147 cases and three deaths recorded as of noon today. The highest number of daily cases during the Recovery Movement Control Order period was 182, recorded on Sept 11. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 147, four cases were imported and involved three Malaysians and a foreigner, They returned from India and Indonesia.

Election Commission liable for lawsuits if Covid-19 patients can’t vote in Sabah polls, says Bersih 2.0

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Bersih 2.0 today cautioned the Election Commission (EC) that it could face lawsuits if it refused to let voters infected with Covid-19 cast their ballots in the Sabah poll this Saturday. The electoral reform watchdog insisted that voting is a constitutional right and cannot be denied, even during a pandemic.

Number of people breaching RMCO SOPs returns to double digit

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The number of people breaching the recovery movement control order (RMCO) standard operating procedures (SOP) has returned to double digit. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said police picked up 65 offenders from 52,294 inspections conducted nationwide yesterday. He said of the total, 63 were slapped with compounds and two were remanded.

Malaysia records 82 new Covid-19 cases today

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Malaysia today registered 82 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising the infection tally to 10,358. According to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, 72 of the cases are local transmissions, while 10 are imported. Sixty of the cases are in Sabah, with 41 linked to the Benteng LD cluster, six to the Pulau cluster and six to the Selamat cluster.

Market confidence in Malaysia remains strong amid Covid-19 pandemic, says Finance Minister

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While the world grapples with Covid-19, market confidence in Malaysia remains strong, particularly from foreign investors, based on investments of RM23.1 billion in the bond market up till August, said Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz. He said the ringgit had also emerged as one of the strongest currencies in Southeast Asia, driven by the government’s ongoing initiatives in managing Covid-19.

Malaysia well-prepared to deal with Covid-19 surge, with caveats, says WHO rep

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Malaysia is well-prepared to handle a spike in Covid-19 cases but the country has to address several weaknesses, said the World Health Organisation (WHO) representative. Dr Lo Ying-Ru Jacqueline, the WHO representative to Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore, said the weaknesses include preventing infections at detention centres, and strengthening the surveillance system by increasing awareness within the private healthcare sector.

Ismail Sabri: 136 arrested for RMCO violations yesterday

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The authorities arrested a total of 136 individuals yesterday for breaching regulations enforced under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19. Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 100 of that number were compounded while the remaining 36 were remanded.

57 new Covid-19 cases today

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As of noon today, 57 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the country. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement said 51 out of the 57 cases were local transmissions while the rest were imported cases. Sabah again recorded the highest number of infections at 49 with 14 from the Pulau cluster and 12 from the Selamat cluster. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 10,276. Active cases were at 751.

26,572 Malaysians stranded in 94 countries brought home - deputy minister

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The Foreign Ministry has facilitated 26,572 Malaysians stranded abroad to return home following the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, said its Deputy Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaafar. He said all of them were brought home via 528 flights from 94 countries. “This number includes 20 members of the Malaysian tabligh congregation who were detained and taken to court in India, and they were brought home three days ago.

293 held for violating RMCO

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The crackdown on those who continue to violate the Restricted Movement Control Order (RMCO) continued yesterday with 293 people being arrested. Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) said 269 were issued compounds while 24 were remanded. He said the majority of the arrests were made at pubs and nightclubs.

New Covid-19 'Ara' cluster detected in Penang

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A new Covid-19 'Ara' cluster has been detected in Penang, involving two Malaysians, the Health Ministry reported today. Its Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the index case of this cluster is a 44-year-old man (Case-10,024), who tested positive after arriving in Sandakan, Sabah, from Peninsular Malaysia on Sept 15. "After the screening at the international entry point in Sandakan, close contact screening was done and another positive case was detected.

52 new Covid-19 cases as of noon

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The Health Ministry has recorded 52 new Covid-19 cases as of noon today. Health director general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the total, 40 were local transmissions involving 26 Malaysians and 14 foreigners. The remaining 12 others were imported cases, involving three Malaysians and nine foreigners. Sabah had recorded the most number of cases at 36, with 27 from the Benteng LD cluster.

522 individuals found violating RMCO, majority for night club activities

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A total of 522 individuals were detained for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), of which 342 were compounded while 180 remanded, yesterday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) said among the offences were for engaging in activities in pubs or night clubs involving 363 individuals, followed by not practising physical distancing (81), and not wearing face mask (36).