The authorities arrested 181 people for breaching standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Covid-19 movement control order (MCO) yesterday, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.
He said 93 of them were issued with compound fines, 80 were remanded and eight were released on bail.
“The highest number of offences was associated with entertainment centre activities, at 106; followed by failure to comply with physical distancing (35); failure to provide material to maintain customer records (24); gambling (eight); not wearing face masks (five); engaging in cross-border/inter-district travel without a police permit (two) and operating premises on extended hours (one).
Ten new Covid-19 clusters involving five states and two federal territories were recorded on Monday (March 22), bringing the total active clusters in the country to 411, says the Health Ministry.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said eight of the 10 clusters were linked to workplaces while the remaining two were linked to community transmission.
Johor recorded three new clusters - Batu 22, Jalan Tenteram and Jalan Belimbing - while Kuala Lumpur recorded two new clusters, which are Taman Tunku and Tapak Bina Jalan Usahawan.
An additional 100,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine arrived in Malaysia on Monday (March 22), says Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
“That brings the finished products we bought from Sinovac in China, from the Beijing factory, to 200,000 doses.
“This is not included in the 12 million doses that we will be purchasing through Pharmaniaga, ” he said in a press conference on Monday.
He added that the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access (JKJAV) will have a meeting on Tuesday (March 23) to determine whether there will be any precautionary advisory to be issued for certain groups taking the vaccine.
Face-to-face registration for the Covid-19 vaccination has been launched in the rural areas, especially in places with limited internet access and communities without digital gadgets, said National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pix).
He said that under the community outreach programme, jointly coordinated by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) and Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM), teams were moving from house to house in the interior to undertake manual registration.
“This manual and face-to-face registration is important under phase two which involves senior citizens because we want to ensure that they are not left out,” he told a press conference here today, jointly held with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba on developments under the national immunisation programme.
Malaysia announced its first Covid-19 cases on Jan 25 involving three China tourists who had entered Malaysia via Johor from Singapore on Jan 23.
The number of cases then rose to 22 by Feb 16, representing a first wave of cases.
A second wave of cases began on Feb 27 and since then the number of people affected by the coronavirus has risen to more than 1,000.
The Health Ministry has recorded five new clusters on Sunday (March 21), bringing the total number of active clusters to 416, says director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
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The five new clusters are Jalan Permas Baru and Jalan Gemilang Tiga in Johor, the Jalan You City construction site in Selangor, Bukit Tambun in Penang and D Gana in Sabah.
The Jalan Permas Baru workplace cluster involved a factory located in Johor Baru, where 12 cases were detected from 41 individuals screened as of March 21, he said in a statement.
Malaysia has recorded 3,170 Covid-19 cases linked to interstate travels since Jan 1 to date, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Of the total, he said Kedah recorded the highest number of cases with 714 cases, followed by Perak (582) and Negeri Sembilan (370).
“The number of interstate clusters have also increased since the third wave started on Sept 20, 2020.
“Interstate cluster is a cluster which involves an index case or the first case who was infected with Covid-19 from a different state and subsequently caused local transmissions,” he said in a statement on Covid-19 development here, today.
The Education Ministry (MOE) will not hastily order the closure of schools, says Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin.
The Education Minister said the closure of schools, whether entirely or partly, would be implemented on the advice of the district health office (PKD).
"Schools where positive Covid-19 cases have been detected will only be closed after a risk analysis and assessment have been conducted," he told reporters after the Jelajah Malaysia Prihatin programme with Parents and Teachers Associations (PTAs) in Perlis at Arau Civic Hall near here Sunday (March 21).
After a record low of offenders on Friday (March 19), the number of those who violated the Covid-19 standard operating procedures climbed to 100 on Saturday (March 20).
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said compounds were issued to 97 individuals while three others were remanded.
"Failure to maintain physical distancing tops the offences list with 48 individuals penalised, followed by failure to prepare equipment to record customers' details (27), activities at entertainment outlets (12), not wearing face masks (11) and travelling interstate/inter-district without permission (2)," the Defence Minister said in a statement on Sunday (March 21).
Malaysia recorded 1,327 more Covid-19 infections on Sunday (March 21), bringing total cases to 333,040, says the Health Ministry.
Four more people died due to the coronavirus, pushing Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll to 1,233.
The country also discharged 1,247 Covid-19 patients, which means 317,289 people have recovered.
The number of people with active Covid-19 infections in Malaysia is now 14,518.
The government considers the issue of compound for violations of the standard operating procedure (SOP) to prevent Covid-19 infection as settled, and enforcement teams have been reminded to issue summonses only as a last resort, said Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan (pix).
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) said for example in a situation where many people failed to observe the SOP, enforcement officers would first give advice and warnings.
“If they still refused to comply, then summonses would be issued as the law has to be enforced,” he told reporters after presenting tablets to schoolchildren in the Kota Bharu parliamentary constituency here today.
The government is ready to discuss proposals on the exemption of entertainment tax for cinema operators affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, says Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
The Communications and Multimedia Minister said although there were complaints and suggestions on the matter from the industry, no official memorandum had been sent to the ministry.
According to Saifuddin, the collection of entertainment tax comes under the jurisdiction of the local authorities in their respective states, however, the Federal government is still open to discussion.