Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

78 arrested for SOP violations

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Thirty-five out of 78 individuals arrested by police during the compliance operations yesterday had failed to observe physical distancing. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 22 people were caught crossing state/district without permission, not using MySejahtera application (11), and not wearing face masks (10). He said that 74 were slapped with compounds while four were remanded. The Compliance Operations Task Force led by the police conducted 62,577 inspections yesterday.

Nine new clusters detected, six related to workplaces, says Health DG

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Nine new Covid-19 clusters were recorded on Saturday (April 10), says the Health Ministry. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said six of the nine clusters were linked to the workplace while the remaining three were from the community. Johor recorded two new clusters known as the Jalan Kempas Satu cluster and the Jalan Padu Industri cluster. Similarly, Selangor also recorded two new clusters; the Industri Jalan Kebun cluster and the Kampung Kelanang cluster.

New Covid-19 cases dip to 1,510 after yesterday’s spike

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Today’s daily Covid-19 cases dipped to 1,510 from yesterday’s recent high of over 1,800, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced this evening. Selangor recorded the highest number of infections with 415 cases, followed by Sarawak at 296 and Sabah at 131. The cumulative cases now stand at 359,117.

Govt refines SOP for international tourism via licenced tour operators

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The government is refining the standard operating procedures (SOP) for the purpose of allowing Malaysians to travel abroad through the services of licenced tour operators, including performing umrah and ziarah. The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) in a statement today said the draft SOP had gone through a series of discussions with industry players and was presented to various leading ministries and government agencies for improvement. Motac is among the Malaysian delegation to Saudi Arabia for the official working visit of the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Zulkifli Mohamad starting today until April 18, according to the statement.

Seven new Covid-19 clusters identified

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The Health Ministry today identified seven new Covid-19 clusters – four at workplaces and three in the community. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said the four workplace clusters were Sungai Kluang Satu cluster in Penang; Jalan Ismail Sultan cluster (Johor); Batu Lima Jalan Sibuga cluster (Sabah) and Taman Bukit Pantai (Kuala Lumpur and Selangor). Two of the workplace clusters involved education centres, a factory and a supermarket. The Sungai Kluang Satu cluster originated from a factory in Hilir Sungai Kluang 1, Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, Penang.

1,854 new cases, Sarawak tops list at 555

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Malaysia recorded 1,854 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (April 9), bringing the total number of cases to 357,607, according to the Health Ministry. Sarawak has the highest number of cases at 555, followed by Selangor (403), Penang (176), Sabah (139), Kuala Lumpur (135) and Johor (103).

Malaysia believes IoT will boost D-8 member states’ economies post-Covid-19, says Muhyiddin

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today that Malaysia believes the Internet of Things (IoT) will boost the Developing Eight (D-8) member states’ economies and that it will be the key driver in transforming the global economy post-Covid-19 pandemic. In his keynote speech when participating in the 10th Summit of the D-8 virtually today, Muhyiddin said Malaysia was actively cultivating IoT-based industries like e-commerce, big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and automation. He said the Covid-19 pandemic had highlighted a newfound sense of urgency to the digital inclusion agenda.

72 sanitation operations conducted at various locations nationwide

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The Housing and Local Government Ministry conducted 72 sanitation operations at various locations nationwide, yesterday. In a statement today, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the sanitation operation was conducted at 25 red zones, three orange zones, 14 yellow zones and three green zones. "Yesterday's operation brought the number to a total of 20,494 public sanitation operations conducted at 154 zones since March 30, 2020, nationwide. "This operation involved over 345 officers from the Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) and 216 enforcement officers from local authorities, to which a total of 67 JPBM machinery were used to conduct the operations.

Malaysia to receive 2.5 million doses of second batch of Sinovac vaccine this month, says China envoy

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The second batch of China-made Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine is scheduled to arrive in Malaysia this month, said China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing. The second delivery of the Sinovac vaccines would consist of 2.5 million doses. He said in total Malaysia is expected to receive 14 million of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccines until September. The Ambassador said this during his courtesy visit to the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama)’s headquarters here today.

Four new clusters detected, three linked to workplaces, another involved the community

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Four new Covid-19 clusters were recorded on Thursday (April 8), says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. Three of the four clusters were linked to the workplace while the remaining one was from the community, he said. Dr Noor Hisham said each of the new clusters was detected in Johor, Selangor, Penang and Pahang. The new Jalan Taming workplace cluster in Selangor, he said, was detected in the Petaling and Hulu Langat districts.

1,285 new cases bring total to 355,753

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Malaysia recorded 1,285 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (April 8), bringing the cumulative total to 355,753. Selangor recorded the highest number of cases at 374, followed by Sarawak (211) and Penang (162). This is followed by Kuala Lumpur (120), Sabah (106) and Johor (101).

Ten new clusters detected on Wednesday (April 7)

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Ten new Covid-19 clusters have been detected on Wednesday (April 7), including a cluster involving imported cases in Johor. Dubbed the Highline cluster, there were five imported cases that were found positive following a sign-off screening on April 5. The cluster, which is located in the Kota Tinggi district in Johor, involved crew members of a vessel that docked in Pengerang. In his daily update, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said another six of the new clusters involved workplace transmissions.