Public health officials detected five Covid-19 positive cases among tourists intending to travel to Langkawi under the travel bubble pilot programme, according to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
In a statement today, Dr Noor Hisham explained that all of the positive cases were detected during Covid-19 screenings prior to them boarding a ferry or a flight bound for the resort island earlier today.
“As of noon on September 16, 2021, as many as 2,546 people were screened at the air and sea entryway to Langkawi island. This involved 1,250 people screened at four airport entryways and 1,296 people at the Kuala Perlis ferry terminal.
“The results are as follows: Some 2,528 took a RTK-Ag test, and of this number, five Covid-19 positive cases were detected.
Malaysia detected 21 new Covid-19 clusters on Thursday (Sept 16), bringing the total number of active clusters to 1,406.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new clusters were recorded in Johor, Terengganu, Perak, Kelantan, Pahang, and Kedah.
"Johor recorded six workplace clusters. There were two in Perak and one in Terengganu.
"Kelantan reported five community clusters and one high-risk group cluster while Perak also recorded one high-risk group cluster.
Kindergarten and childcare centre operators expressed hope that they can fully reopen soon as prolonged lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic have not only badly impacted their operations but also hindered students' learning progress.
Anis Sofia, the operations manager for Tadika Houri Elit and Tadika Tunas Houri Elit as well as Taska Tunas Houri Elit and Taska Taman Ihsan said although they were permitted to open by the government, they are, however, restricted to only having children whose parents are working.
"Currently, the district Education Office and the Social Welfare Department have stated that only children with working parents can take their children to kindergarten or childcare centres.
"Parents must provide an International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) certified letter as proof and we need to keep that for attendance documentation.
Friday prayers at mosques in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya which are in Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (PPN), are allowed to be held with up to 500 congregants, effective tomorrow.
Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) director Datuk Mohd Ajib Ismail said 250 congregants were allowed for the same purpose in seven zonal mosques as well as kariah mosques, while for Friday prayers surau, it was 150 people, and surau with special permission to hold the Friday prayers (100 people).
According to him, Friday prayers surau and surau with special permission to hold the Friday prayers at the People’s Housing Projects (PPR) and Public Housing (PA) under the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would be allowed to hold the prayers with 80 congregants.
Malaysia recorded 18,815 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (Sept 16), bringing the cumulative total to 2,049,750, says the Health Ministry.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a tweet said Sarawak recorded the highest number of cases at 3,660 followed by Selangor (2,718) and Johor (2,206).
Starting from tomorrow (Sept 16), the Health Ministry has made it compulsory for those who wish to visit Langkawi to get themselves tested for Covid-19 before making their trip to the island.
The Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) today said that visitors must take either the polymerase chain reaction (Rt-PCR) or the antigen rapid (RTK-Antigen) swab test at any public or private healthcare facilities within 48 hours before they depart for Langkawi.
"They must bring along the test result to be checked at the departure points, either at the airport or the ferry terminal. Visitors can also buy the self-test (saliva) kit and bring it to the airport or the ferry terminal to conduct the test at designated screening areas made available or buy the self-test kit at the designated screening areas," the ministry said.
Movie buffs will be able to book their seats for the latest movies at TGV Cinemas’ outlets starting tomorrow, for screenings that are set to resume on September 23.
In a statement, the cinema franchise said these would include ticket sales for anticipated films such as Black Widow, The Suicide Squad, and Jungle Cruise.
The company also said members of its TGV MovieClub will be able to enjoy free screenings starting tomorrow up until Sunday, September 19.
Malaysia recorded 19,495 new cases of Covid-19, the Health Ministry confirmed on Wednesday (Sept 15).
The country’s cumulative Covid-19 cases have now reached 2,030,935. Sarawak has the highest number of cases compared to other states, with 4,709 new infections recorded.
This is followed by Selangor with 2,710 cases and Sabah with 2,015. Cases in other states are as follows: Johor (1,860), Penang (1,757), Kelantan (1,434), Kedah (1,178), Perak (1,174), Terengganu (993), Pahang (766), Kuala Lumpur (363), Negri Sembilan (222), Melaka (190), Perlis (108) and Putrajaya (16).
Seven localities will come under Enhanced Movement Control Orders (EMCO starting Thursday following the Health Ministry's risk assessment and Covid-19 infection trend in these areas.
National Security Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said all seven localities would be placed under EMCO for two weeks until Sept 29.
Five of these localities are in Sabah: Kampung Kirangawan (Darat and Tengah) and Kampung Pinatau in Kota Marudu; Kampung Nuntunan Apin-Apin in Keningau; Kampung Lungkidau in Ranau; and, Ladang Boustead Ruku-Ruku workers' residence in Telupid.
The other two localities are Kampung Tementong, Mukim Cheka 1 in Lipis, Pahang and Kampung Bahagia, Mukim Batu Mengkebang in Kuala Krai, Kelantan.
The Health Ministry identified 29 new Covid-19 clusters on Tuesday (Sept 14), taking the active number of clusters to 1,448.
In its daily Covid-19 updates, the ministry reported that 14 of the 29 clusters were workplace-related outbreaks.
The largest cluster involved a community outbreak in Kampung Sungai Kiol in Jerantut, Pahang.
A screening of 421 individuals there discovered 87 positive cases.
The federal government is set to undertake a monumental task of reducing existing standard operating procedures (SOP) from about 180 to just 10 in the upcoming weeks as the country gradually transitions from the Covid-19 pandemic into an endemic phase.
Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the government aims to streamline and revise existing SOPs for it to be easily understood by the public, industry stakeholders and enforcement agencies following a meeting involving four ministries on Covid-19.
He revealed this ahead of an announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob over further relaxations allowed under the National Recovery Plan (NRP) at a time yet to be determined.
Malaysia recorded 15,669 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (Sept 14), says the Health Ministry.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the cumulative number of cases in the country to 2,011,440 since the pandemic began.
Selangor recorded the most new infections with 2,632 new Covid-19 cases, followed by Sarawak (1,983), Johor (1,974) and Sabah (1,784).