Seven districts in Kelantan will come under Movement Control Order (MCO) after the Health Ministry found a 30.5 per cent spike in new infections (756 cases to 1,088 cases) in the state.
The seven districts – Kota Baru, Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Bachok, Machang, Tumpat and Tanah Merah – are currently classified as red zones.
The MCO will take effect from April 16 until April 29.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said nine clusters have emerged in the state in the last 14 days with a high infectivity rate in the community.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today visited a Ramadan bazaar at Precinct 3 here, to observe the level of standard operating procedures (SOP) compliance among traders and patrons there.
He arrived at 5pm and spent about 30 minutes at the bazaar.
Muhyiddin also spent some time mingling with traders and was seen buying several dishes, such as kuih kaswi gula merah, laksa and mee kolok.
Traders and visitors at the bazaar were pleasantly surprised when the prime minister turned up there.
MyTalam Kuih stall owner, Wichi Yuso, 48, said at first, she did not notice the presence of Muhyiddin at her stall because the prime minister was wearing a face mask.
Covid-19 cases in Malaysia continued to rise, with 1,889 new infections recorded in the country on Wednesday (April 14).
A day before, the country recorded 1,767 new infections.
Six were imported infections, while the rest are local transmissions.
Cumulatively, the country’s total confirmed cases are now 365,829.
The Health Ministry recorded nine new Covid-19 clusters today, bringing the total number of clusters detected in Malaysia since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,478.
Of this number, 344 are currently active. The other 1,134 clusters — including 10 announced today — have since ended.
On January 12, when the Perikatan Nasional government announced a nationwide Emergency to fight the third wave of the disease, there were 261 active clusters, 83 fewer than there are today.
Similarly, today there were 1,767 new Covid-19 cases — 298 more than the 1,469 cases recorded on January 12.
Malaysia recorded 1,767 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (April 13) bringing the total number of infections in the country since the pandemic began to 363,940, says the Health Ministry.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Sarawak topped the list with 607 new Covid-19 infections reported, the most reported in a single day in the state so far.
Ramadan gatherings and events that do not follow strict Covid-19 SOP could cause a spike in transmission of the virus among the community, warns the Health Ministry.
For that reason, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has advised the public to exercise caution during the holy month, especially at crowded areas.
“As announced by the National Security Council, this year the public will be able to visit Ramadan bazaars.
“However, some states have decided not to allow Ramadan bazaars as a precautionary measure, as the number of daily Covid-19 cases is still unstable in some states.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today announced an extension to the operating hours for all food and beverage outlets till 6am during the Muslim fasting of Ramadan, expected to start tomorrow.
He said the extension also applies to delivery services, subject to the conditions of their operating licences.
“This will enable the public, especially singles, to be able to partake in their sahur meal just before beginning their fast for the day,” he said in a news broadcast.
Malaysia recorded 1,317 new Covid-19 infections on Monday (April 12), a reduction from the previous day’s 1,739 cases.
This brings the country’s cumulative number of cases to 362,173.
Sarawak recorded the highest increase out of all states with 351 new cases.
Selangor has the second-highest figure with 303 new cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur with 116, Penang (112) and Sabah (109).
A total of eight new clusters have been identified on Sunday (April 11), with five stemming from workplaces and three being community clusters, says the Health Ministry.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the five workplace clusters, one was in Kelantan while two were in Selangor and another two in Sarawak.
The three community clusters are in Sarawak and Sabah.
The Jalan Zainab cluster in Kelantan, comprising of the Pasir Puteh, Bachok, Kota Bharu, Pasir Mas and Tumpat originating from a company in Jalan Sultanah Zainab, has 51 positive cases.
More than 200 individuals were arrested for movement control order violations on Saturday (April 10).
Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 208 individuals were arrested, with 199 being issued compounds while nine others were remanded.
"Among the violations committed were entertainment outlet activities (112), failure to provide entry log equipment (27), not wearing face masks (16) and 53 other offences.
"The compliance task force comprising of 3,196 teams involving 14,654 personnel conducted 66,140 checks on Saturday.
Parts of Tawau in Sabah and Sungai Passin in Sarawak are to be placed under an enhanced movement control order from Monday (April 12) to April 25, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Senior Minister (Security) said that eight localities in Tawau that are involved are Tmn Sri Bukit Tawau, Taman Cahaya, Jalan Tengku Osman, Kuarters Bomba Tawau, Bandar Sri Indah, Jalan Mesra, Kampung Titingan and Taman Golden Hill.
"As of today, 76 positive cases and 220 close contacts have been detected in these localities. The Health Ministry confirmed the spread of the virus with the possibility of a high transmission rate," he said in a statement on Sunday (April 11).
Malaysia recorded 1,739 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (April 11), bringing the cumulative total to 360,856.
In a tweet, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 535, followed by Sarawak (443) and Sabah (127).