Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

37 new cases, two more fatalities, death toll now at 111 as of Wednesday (May 13)

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Malaysia reported 37 more Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (May 13), bringing the country’s total infections to 6,779. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the 37,33 are local transmissions while the remaining four are imported cases. Of the 37 new cases, 21 are non-Malaysians, said Dr Noor Hisham at the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 media briefing Wednesday (May 13) evening.

School buses can transport factory workers for income

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School bus operators are allowed to transport factory workers to cover their losses incurred during the Covid-19 pandemic. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the operators could discuss the matter with companies interested to use their services. "Factory buses are facing problems transporting workers, as they were operating half of their (usual) capacity, with some having to make more rounds (due to the social distancing requirement in the vehicles).

Government offices, service counters to resume fully

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All government service counters will fully resume operations, starting with the Road Transport Department (RTD) which saw all of its counters opened today. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Cabinet had decided that all government offices were to fully reopen."All SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) by the government must be adhered to, such as temperature checks, social distancing and providing hand sanitisers (at the premises).

May 15 deadline for Special Prihatin Grant

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Applications for the Special Prihatin Grant (GKP) will close this Friday, said the Inland Revenue Board. In a statement today, the IRB advised all micro small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to apply immediately and not wait till the deadline. IRB said applications must be made online at gkp.hasil.gov.my. "All applications will be processed after the deadline and applicants may check their status starting the first week of June, while payments will be made at the end of June," the statement read.

Eye strain due to too much screen time during MCO

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AS PEOPLE are required to stay home during the movement control order to help contain the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us are relying on smart devices for work or leisure. “Prolonged screen time of more than two hours can lead to digital eye strain, which causes eye strain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eye disease (DED) as well as neck and shoulder pain. “DED can affect adults who are always facing the screen working from home as well as children who are exposed to longer screen time via e-learning during this period,'' said Vista Eye Specialist consultant ophthalmologist, cataract and refractive surgeon Dr Vienne Tai.

Malaysia hits lowest new daily Covid-19 cases since MCO, with just 16 patients and zero deaths

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Malaysia recorded 16 new Covid-19 cases today, the lowest number since the movement control ordered (MCO) was issued on March 18. The previous record was n May 5, when there were 30 new Covid-19 cases. In his daily press briefing, Health Director General, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also revealed that there are 110 new Covid-19 recovery cases today, with a cumulative case of 5,223 or 77.5 per cent of total Covid-19 cases. There was also zero deaths from Covid-19 announced.

No more sweet talk, stern action awaits MCO violators

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The authorities will no longer advise or warn the public and business outlets to comply with the movement control order (MCO) regulations and will now move to act against violators, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister said the special Cabinet committee on non-health related issues for the MCO had decided that it was time to act.

CMCO could go back to MCO if public keep snubbing guidelines

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The government could reintroduce the original movement control order (MCO) if Malaysians continue ignoring the guidelines for the relaxed version currently in place, said Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The senior minister stressed that restrictions from the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 remain in effect nationwide, with the government expecting full compliance in order to prevent the exponential growth of Covid-19 infections.

King, Queen extend International Nurses Day greetings

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The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah wish all nurses in the country a Happy International Nurses Day 2020. In a statement today, Istana Negara said Their Majesties have the highest regard for nurses for their services and contributions in ensuring the safety and health of the people. The sacrifices and tireless efforts of nurses as the first line of defence, along with other frontliners in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, are deeply valued by Their Majesties, the statement said.

Education Ministry mulls limiting class size to 17 students after MCO

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Schools could be limited to no more than 17 students per class to maintain social distancing once they are allowed to reopen, said Education Minister Senator Mohd Radzi Jidin. In a report by Berita Harian, the senior minister said the ministry has conducted a field trial to determine the reasonable number of students within each class based on classrooms’ dimension and social distancing measures. Citing other examples, Mohd Radzi said canteen SOPs will also be enhanced to ensure there was no congestion during normal recess, as crowds could expose students to infection risks. He said the ministry will ensure compliance with the SOPs through the reopening of schools for student examinations, such as those in Form Five and Primary Six.

A day to honour our nurses

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Although International Nurses Day has been celebrated on May 12 for decades, it has rarely received the public attention it deserves. This year is bound to be different because the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a greater appreciation for healthcare frontliners. Today is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of modern nursing, and it is a day to honour nurses around the world for their tireless and selfless dedication in the face of illnesses and disabilities.

Health DG: Only family members allowed to gather during festivals, social distancing must be maintained

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Although up to 20 people are allowed to gather for festivals in the same state, the Health Ministry says attendees must be from the same family and that social distancing must be maintained. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that while the authorities have allowed up to 20 people to gather, the number of attendees is dependent on the physical space available.

New Covid-19 cases continue upward trend, along with one more death

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Malaysia added another 70 new Covid-19 infections today as the country, continuing the upward trend after previously reaching a record new low on May 5. A day after Putrajaya announced a four-week extension of the movement control order (MCO) until June 9, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in his daily Covid-19 briefing today that 88 former patients have fully recovered and been discharged.

TNB says Kedai Tenaga to reopen in stages from tomorrow onwards

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Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) will reopen its Kedai Tenaga in stages beginning tomorrow in compliance with the government’s relaxation measures under the Conditional movement control order (CMCO).

Senior minister says CMCO public compliance at 95pc

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Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said that public compliance with the conditional movement control order (CMCO) is at a satisfactory level, at 95 per cent in the first week since it was implemented. But the government is expected to ramp up enforcement as it aims to increase public adherence to the newly set restrictions.

Authorities may soon act against parents who take kids out shopping during CMCO

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The government will consider acting against parents who bring their children out to shop during the conditional movement control order (CMCO), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. At the moment there is no prohibition against parents taking their children out to shop at places where large crowds are expected, but Ismail said parents are still not encouraged to do so during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Waste collectors help ensure residents have clean environs during MCO

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Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the term frontliners has been widely used but often confined to those working in the health sector or security forces. More often than not, the many others in various key services, who have been working equally hard to serve and ensure the well-being of the people, have gone unnoticed. Waste collectors, for example, have been working tirelessly to ensure most residential areas remain clean and that the people will not have to suffer from foul and unpleasant smells emanating from their domestic waste.

‘Targeted approach is working’

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The increase of Covid-19 cases in the country indicates that the targeted approach method has shown a positive impact in detecting the virus, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. “The public does not have to worry about the increase of new cases following an aggressive and proactive targeted approach by the government as this shows the effectiveness of this method. “The detected cases are being isolated and treated at hospitals to ensure the virus does not spread in the community,” he said during his daily press briefing yesterday. Dr Noor Hisham said based on the targeted approach method, the ministry, till May 10, had identified targeted groups to be screened.

67 new cases, death toll remains at 108

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Malaysia reported 67 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (May 10), bringing the total number of Covid-19 infections in the country to 6,656. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the 67 cases, 49 were foreigners while the rest were local transmissions.

Areas with rising number of Covid-19 infections to be placed under EMCO

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The government has not ruled out the possibility of enforcing the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in isolation in areas that see a rise in Covid-19 cases during the conditional MCO period that has now been extended to June 9, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

Interstate travel allowed for married couples living apart

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Married couples living apart in different states are allowed to travel interstate to meet their family members. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the decision was made after considering that there are married couples who live apart due to work.

Most of the country are green zones, but Covid-19 remains the 'silent enemy'

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Since the movement control order (MCO) was implemented, almost all districts in the country have been designated as green zones, but the people should not be lulled into a false sense of security, says Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said these green zones were areas where there have not been any Covid-19 positive cases recorded in the past two weeks.

No ‘balik kampung’ travel allowed for Raya, Gawai and Kaamatan due to Covid-19

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Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Malaysians will not be allowed to travel home for Hari Raya, Hari Gawai and Kaamatan because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Hari Raya falls on May 24-25 while Hari Gawai and Kaamatan fall on June 30 and July 1. The prime minister also announced a four-week extension to the conditional movement control order (CMCO) till June 9.

Prihatin aid appeal period extended to May 31

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The appeal period for the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) has been extended to May 31, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today. Acknowledging complaints from the public who failed to receive the aid, Muhyiddin said this could be due to several reasons such as incomplete personal details or their income exceeded the eligibility criteria.

Conditional MCO extended for another four weeks to June 9

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The movement control order (MCO) has been extended for another four weeks until June 9, says Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He made the announcement in a live broadcast on Sunday (May 10). This will be the fifth time that the government has decided to extend the MCO. The MCO was first enforced on March 18 for a two-week period after a spike of Covid-19 cases in the country. It was then extended in phases, each phase lasting two weeks.

Malaysians to find out if MCO will be lifted or extended on Sunday (May 10)

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Further developments on the conditional movement control order (MCO) will be announced in a special address by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at about 2pm on Sunday (May 10). Whatever the government decides, the people will have to adapt to the new normal of practicing high social discipline, observing social distancing and importance of their social responsibility to break the chain of Covid-19 infection.

New cluster detected in Setia Alam

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A new cluster of Covid-19 cases has emerged at a construction site in Setia Alam involving 12 foreign workers, says the Health Ministry. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cluster was first detected on Wednesday when a notification was received from a private hospital. He said the hospital conducted health screening on five Bangladeshi workers, who were supposed to return to work at the site. Three of them tested positive for Covid-19.

Guidelines soon for mosques

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Guidelines on Friday and congregational prayers in mosques in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic will be discussed by the Cabinet first before any announcement is made, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. “The matter also needs to be referred to the National Security Council which is chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. “This is a big decision and it involves religion. So, wait for the Cabinet to make the decision."