Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

Six new cases, death toll remains at 121

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Malaysia recorded six new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (July 7), bringing the total number of infections to 8,674. Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the six new cases, four were imported cases who were all Malaysians infected abroad. The remaining two new cases were locally transmitted and involved two Malaysians, in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor respectively, he said in a statement.

Covid-19: Five new cases, no new deaths for over 3 weeks

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Malaysia recorded five new cases on Monday (July 6), of which three are imported cases. Cumulatively, the country has a total of 8,668 infections, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at the ministry’s Covid-19 press conference here. One of the two local transmission cases was detected from a community screening conducted by a district health office in Kuala Lumpur.

Ismail Sabri: 414 Covid-19 test dodgers urged to undergo second screening test or prepare to be escorted by cops

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A total of 414 Malaysians returnees who have yet to take their second Covid-19 screening are urged to do so lest the authorities come knocking on their doors to ‘escort’ them to their respective screening centres. Urging them to do so is Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who labelled these individuals as ‘hard-headed’.

Ismail Sabri: Over 10,400 Malaysian students, retrenched workers possibly stranded abroad with no way of coming home

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Nearly half a million Malaysians are currently stranded outside the country due to various travel restrictions during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and Wisma Putra has been tasked to look into bringing them home, Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. He said Wisma Putra has identified 10,484 Malaysians to be students or retrenched workers who may be stuck abroad with no way of returning home due to strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) enforced in their respective countries, which made repatriation difficult or impossible.

Dr Noor Hisham: Five new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, three imported

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Malaysia has recorded five new Covid-19 cases today, of which three were imported after previously registering double-digit cases yesterday. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said two of the imported cases involved Malaysians and one involved an individual with permanent residence status. Today’s new figure brings the total number of active Covid-19 cases in the country to 77, with 8,663 testing positive to date.

Construction industry set to recover due to Govt's stimulus packages

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The government's decision to reopen almost all economic sectors coupled with the four stimulus packages has mitigated losses in the construction industry following the Covid-19 pandemic. Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) chief executive Datuk Ir Ahmad 'Asri Abdul Hamid said the sector recorded losses of about RM11 billion during the first phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO). The losses were subsequently reduced by RM4.8 billion to RM6.2 billion when the government allowed the construction for 13 categories of projects to resume during the next phase of the MCO.

Discussions for Malaysia to reopen international borders still in progress, says senior minister

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Malaysia is still not opening its international borders to foreign tourists and workers as discussions with countries categorised as green zones are still going on. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in the talks, Malaysia stressed on obtaining reciprocity to allow Malaysians to enter the countries concerned. “We want the opening of borders to work both ways. If they are still tightening conditions for our people, we would also not allow theirs to enter.

M’sian returnees from abroad complying with home quarantine SOP

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Malaysians who are undergoing home quarantine after returning from abroad are complying with the standard operating procedure (SOP) in place. Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this was based on checks conducted by the police on Saturday on those placed under the 14-day mandatory self-isolation at home.

10 new cases detected, no new deaths

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Malaysia reported 10 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (July 4), bringing the total number of infections in the country to 8,658. Of the 10 new cases, seven were imported cases involving Malaysians who had caught the virus overseas, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic). He said the remaining three cases were local transmissions involving one foreigner and two locals.

Malaysian government sets Covid-19 test fees

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Malaysian citizens and foreign nationals travelling to Malaysia are now required to pay the fees when they undergo the Covid-19 tests. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the fees were imposed in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Fee for Coronavirus Diseases 2019 (Covid-19) Detection Test) Regulations 2020 which took effect on June 29.

5 new cases, no deaths

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Five new Covid-19-positive cases were recorded as of 12pm today, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 8,648. Out of the five new cases reported, three were import cases involving Malaysians who returned home from abroad, while the other two cases were locally transmitted. Nine people were discharged after successful treatment, bringing the total number of those who have recovered to 8,446 which is 97.7% of the total number of cases.

Air fares must be back to normal as airlines can now operate at full capacity: Minister

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Airlines must adjust their ticket pricing to how it was before the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO), Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. In his National Security Council (NSC) press conference, Ismail Sabri explained that the government initialy understood the increase in ticket prices airlines had imposed which was because they were allowed to fly only 66% of the plane’s passenger capacity due to social distancing.

Minister: Sabah allowing China workers in not discussed at federal level

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The Sabah government's decision to allow workers from China into the state was not discussed with the Federal Government, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister (Security) said the issue was never discussed in the special ministerial meeting that coordinates the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) or in the National Security Council (NSC).

Reopening of schools: Some are eager, some are concerned

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AFTER four months of staying at home and attending online classes, Lili Afiya Shahrul Anuar, 9, is raring to return to school. The Year 3 pupil of SK Taman Ria in Sungai Petani, Kedah, said she didn't enjoy studying at home. "Studying at home is hard as my house can get noisy. The Internet is slow and I have to share one smartphone with my siblings for school work.

NUTP: Teachers should be retrained to work under new normal

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The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) has urged the Education Ministry to conduct more engagement sessions to better understand the problems of teachers ahead of the reopening of schools from July 15. NUTP secretary-general Harry Tan said this would allow for more fine-tuning and ensure that education proceeded on the right track.

TNB: Domestic customers will get BPE details in their July bill

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Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) says its domestic (residential) customers may view the details of the Bantuan Prihatin Elektrik (BPE) received for the months of April, May and June in the Detailed Statement issued in July. In a statement, TNB said customers would receive the Detailed Statement together with their July bills via mail within seven days after the meter reading.

Ku Li urges Putrajaya, banking sector to seek and secure Covid-19 vaccine

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The government and banking sector should do much more to support, assist and facilitate any genuine private sector initiatives in finding and securing a workable vaccine for Covid-19 from reputable sources overseas, said Gua Musang MP Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. The veteran Umno stalwart, popularly known as Ku Li, added that most vaccine developments overseas are undertaken by private sector biotech firms.

620 under home quarantine yet to undergo 2nd Covid-19 screening

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A total of 620 people who were placed under home quarantine have yet to undergo their second Covid-19 screening. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the authorities are seeking the cooperation of these individuals to do so, and urged them to contact the Health Ministry for further information. "Police will take action if they fail to do so," he said in a statement today.

Covid-19: Only one new case, 21 discharged (July 1)

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Malaysia recorded only one new case on Wednesday (July 1), the lowest daily figure since the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic began in the country. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the sole case on Wednesday is an imported case, which means there are no local transmissions on the day. On Feb 26, Malaysia recorded no new cases – the last time the count was this low.

Back to school: Full reopening by July 22

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Schools nationwide are set to welcome all students - primary and secondary - in phases, starting July 15. Education Senior Minister Dr Radzi Jidin announced this today as the country enters the recovery mode after three months of strict restrictions on movement to address the spread of Covid-19. He said the process would be carried out in two phases.

Co-curricular, sporting activities not allowed yet

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Co-curricular and sporting activities cannot be held in schools yet despite the reopening of schools starting July 15, said Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin. In a televised press conference today, Radzi said all remaining school students would only have in-class activities. "Co-curricular and sports activities cannot be held yet, students and teachers will only come to school for teaching and learning (PdP).

Police to track down overseas returnees who refuse to undergo second Covid-19 screening

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Police will be mobilised to track down individuals who refuse to undergo a second screening on the 13th day of their home quarantine after returning from overseas, according to Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said action could be taken against those found to have violated the home supervision and observation order under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

Kuliah, fardhu ain classes, solat dhuha at mosques, surau now allowed

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Religious classes (kuliah) and solat dhuha at mosques and surau are now allowed to take place. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this followed a suggestion by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (religious affairs) Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri on the matter.

55 people nabbed for defying SOPs, 11 under remand

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Fifty-five people were nabbed and issued compounds by the police for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) yesterday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said of the total, 11 were being remanded and 44 others issued compounds for various offences.

Two CIQS complexes to open in Kedah, Perlis, says Ismail Sabri

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Two Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security complexes will be opened in the north to monitor the flow of commercial traffic, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the special ministerial meeting on implementing the movement control order has selected Padang Besar in Perlis and Durian Burung in Kedah as the sites of the complexes.

Theme dream: Theme parks raring to reopen

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Theme parks operators were gleeful upon learning that they could resume operations from tomorrow. Sunway Lagoon, the Lost World of Tambun and Legoland are among the theme parks waiting to resume operations. This was after they and other water parks and theme parks were forced to close for nearly three months due to the imposition of the Movement Control Order since March 18.

Face it: Masks not suitable for small kids

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The use of face masks among children aged 5 and below while attending classes is discouraged as it could pose a safety risk, said senior consultant paediatrician Datuk Dr Amar Singh. Dr Amar, former Paediatric Department head at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here, said children at that age, especially those who could not speak fluently or had health problems such as asthma, might have difficulty with wearing masks for a long period.

Control guests, or no social events

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Social events are not allowed during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period if the organisers feel they cannot control the situation or guests' behaviour. This aspect is included in the standard operating procedure (SOP) for holding social events such as feasts, wedding and engagement ceremonies, approved at the Special Ministers' Meeting on the Implementation of the RMCO on June 22.