Cinema operators in Malaysia are gearing up to welcome moviegoers back into theatres from tomorrow after 15 weeks of total closure since the implementation of the movement control order on March 18. But, expect a “new normal” cinema-going experience that puts health and safety at the forefront.
The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has inspected 74 construction sites involving 128 officers on Monday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 61 of these construction sites had complied to the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs); five others failed to do so with warning issued, and eight sites were not in operation.
Malaysia recorded two Covid-19 new cases on Tuesday (June 30), bringing the country's total to 8,639 infections. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said 20 more cases have been discharged, which means 8,354 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in Malaysia since the outbreak began.
One of two Cambodians who tested positive for Covid-19 upon returning to the kingdom from Malaysia recently is former patient '1051' who had fully recovered from the disease. The Cambodian tested positive upon arrival in his homeland even though his infection is now inactive. "(He) was tested using the Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-CPR) test, (but) it is now an inactive virus.
Malaysia recorded three new Covid-19 cases on Monday (June 29), bringing the country’s total infections to 8,637. All three cases are Malaysians, with one of them an import case involving an individual with recent travel history to New Zealand and Fiji. The other two are local transmissions detected in Selangor and Sabah from the ministry’s Covid-19 screening exercise, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at the ministry’s Covid-19 press conference here Monday.
The compulsory Covid-19 screening tests at airports for returning Malaysians will be free for those who are either disabled or students, says Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He also said the exemption from paying for Covid-19 tests would also be extended civil servants returning from official duties overseas. For the disabled, they will need to show their disability card from the Welfare Department (JKM) to authorities.
Malaysians and foreigners entering the country will have to pay for the Covid-19 screening test upon their arrival starting today, Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. This new ruling however does not apply to people with special needs, civil servants returning home from official matters, and students from abroad.
Outlets in shopping malls would only need to record the names and phone numbers of visitors for contact tracing purposes and would no longer be required to scan body temperature. Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Special Cabinet Meeting on the Movement Control Order (MCO) today decided that body temperature screening would only be conducted once at the main entrance of shopping malls.
All quarters involved in the Chini by-election and campaigning have been reminded to adhere to standard-operating procedures (SOPs) of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri stressed that the SOPs and guidelines must be observed by everyone until the polls are held on July 4.
All theme parks, including water-based parks, are allowed to operate again as of July 1, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said that the special Ministers Meeting on MCO enforcement decided that some 54 registered theme parks in the country could open next month, which will involve some 10,000 people going back to work.
The Health Ministry today recorded 18 new Covid-19 cases, of which 14 were locally transmitted involving foreigners. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the four remaining cases were imported infections. "The import cases involve three Malaysians and one foreigner who was allowed to enter Malaysia on work matters.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has detected 10 individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) through screenings at the Kuala Lumpur International Aiport (KLIA), said senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. In a statement released today, Ismail said that MOH conducted screenings on 6,573 individuals from June 10 to June 27.
Four people were arrested on Saturday (June 27) for violating the recovery movement control order (MCO), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister said all four arrested were given compounds. “Among the violations include going to karaoke or entertainment centres, being involved in activities without social distancing and activities that violate standard operating procedure (SOP),” he said in a statement Sunday (June 28).
Malaysia recorded 10 new Covid-19 cases as of noon Saturday (June 27), bringing the total number of positive cases to 8,616. Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the new cases, four were imported cases and six involved local transmission. Of the four imported cases, three involved permanent residents who were allowed to return on work-related matters.
The government will continue to enforce Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the country until a vaccine is found, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said Malaysians must continue to abide by the SOPs, which were formulated by the government through the Health Ministry, until asked to do otherwise.
Malaysia is in talks with Singapore and Brunei to create "green lanes" or travel bubble to allow movement between the countries. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the green lanes were to ease economic setbacks from enforced border control introduced to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakov said on Friday that Malaysia will send 5,280 illegal immigrants back to the Philippines, which is dealing with a severe Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The deportations will start on June 30, Ismail Sabri said during a press conference, and follow similar moves to send migrants back to Indonesia, where around 1,000 cases have been diagnosed each day this week.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today described the task of stimulating the country's economy following the months-long Movement Control Order (MCO) as being as challenging as curbing the spread of Covid-19. The Gambir assemblyman said although economic activity has resumed, it has not reached the level targetted by the government and there are many problems faced, including by businesses.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) has estimated the losses suffered by tourism and culture industries in the country in the first half of this year to be around RM45 billion. Its minister, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said tourism is one of the hardest-hit economic sectors and is expected to be the last to recover.
he government has agreed to allow expatriates in Malaysia to fly out of the country for emergency and medical purposes only. Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government also will not stop any foreign national who would like to return to their country of origin with the condition that the trip is one-way.
A total of 34 out of 6,155 individuals screened at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) from June 10 to June 26 tested positive for Covid-19, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said that out of the total, 6,121 tested negative and are currently undergoing mandatory home quarantine. "Thirty four individuals were found positive and were sent to the hospital for treatment," he said in a statement on Saturday (June 27).
5,730 people arrived in the country between June 10 and yesterday (June 25), said Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said of the total, 5,699 tested negative for Covid-19 and were ordered to undergo mandatory home quarantine, while 31 others were found positive for the virus and were sent to hospitals for treatment. "300 Malaysians returned to the country and arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on June 25 (yesterday).
Malaysia has recorded six new Covid-19 cases today, of which only one was a local transmission among Malaysians, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said. Out of the six cases reported today, five were imported cases involving four Malaysians and one non-Malaysian who were allowed entry into the country for work. Today’s new figure brings the total number of active Covid-19 cases in the country to 191.
Spa, wellness and reflexology services, including those provided by blind masseurs, can resume operations from July 1, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the standard operating procedure (SOP), such as social distancing, checking temperature of clients, the use of face shields and registration via MySejahtera, applies for these outlets, their workers and patrons.
All registered tahfiz schools and centres (madrasah) have been allowed to resume operations on the date of the re-openng of schools which will be announced by the Education Ministry (KPM) soon. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) said all these schools must abide by the standard operating procedure set by the KPM while madrasah with hostels must also observe the standard operating procedure (SOP) for residential schools.
Shoppers rejoiced as the government today announced its decision to lift restrictions on clothes and shoe fitting in retail outlets and malls, moving away from the ban enforced since the conditional movement control order began on May 4. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, during his daily briefing, said the decision was made after the government was informed that no cases of Covid-19 have been reported in shopping malls since the reopening of economic sectors.
Tuition centres, private education institutions, as well as tahfiz schools will be allowed to resume classes soon, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister said the reopening of tahfiz schools will be together with the resumption schools and other classes to be announced by the Education Ministry.
Diplomats and foreign staff of embassies will be allowed to join the congregation for Friday prayers from July 3, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said embassies which have surau facilities in its compound and had held Friday prayers before the movement control order (MCO) can do so again next week.