Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

Mind your SOPs, cops warn those enjoying leisure activities in public areas

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The Royal Malaysia Police says stern action would be taken against those who are found ignoring the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in particular physical distancing while enjoying recreational activities in public areas. Bukit Aman Department of Internal Security and Public Order (KDNKA) deputy director Datuk Mastor Mohd Ariff said police would be forced to act sternly if things get out of control and if there are too many visitors. “We don’t plan to close down public places found to be overcrowded because we have checked and found that the visitors came from the same bubble. We will only increase monitoring of the area.

3 states record over 100pc bed occupancy at ICUs

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Kelantan, Kedah and Penang have each reported a more than 100 per cent bed occupancy at intensive care units (ICU) treating Covid-19 patients. In Kelantan, ICU bed usage currently stood at 168 per cent (85 beds used), while in Kedah at 120 per cent (104 beds used) and in Penang at 103 per cent (73 beds used). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia's overall bed occupancy rate at ICUs treating Covid-19 patients currently stands at 83 per cent or 1,558 beds used.

GSC cinemas are reopening on Sept 16, only for fully vaccinated adults

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GSC has announced that it is finally reopening its cinemas on Malaysia Day. Cinemas in Phase 2 states under the National Recovery Plan were allowed to operate from September 9 but operators had decided to delay their reopening until the final SOP was released and to prepare enough content. According to their announcement on Facebook, 17 GSC and Aurum Cinemas in the Klang Valey, Northern, and Southern region will open on the September 16, 2021. More locations will reopen the following week on September 23, 2021. GSC will share more details for its movie lineup soon. You can check their Facebook page and website for the latest info.

Covid-19 patient claims to have been "abducted" and "forced" into Penang Hospital

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Social media has been abuzz with an audio recording of a Covid-19 patient, currently seeking treatment at the Penang Hospital's intensive care unit (ICU), who claimed to have been "abducted" and "forced" to be placed in the ICU by hospital staff. Through the audio recording, which went viral last night, the patient claimed he was healthy but was forced to use an oxygen mask. The patient, who has been treated for a week, also claimed that he had only gone to the hospital to be tested for Covid-19 but was instead immediately admitted for treatment at the hospital's Covid-19 ward. The patient further allegedly that his friend also faced a similar situation.

New Covid-19 cases dip to 16,073 today

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Malaysia reported a reduction in new Covid-19 cases as of noon today with 16,073 cases, taking the national tally to 1,995,771. Yesterday, Malaysia reported 19,198 new cases. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Sarawak again topped the list in the last 24 hours with 3,522 cases reported, followed by Johor with 2,030. Selangor reported a dip in new cases with 1,947, compared to yesterday's 2,347.

34 news clusters, 17 linked to workplaces

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Malaysia recorded 34 new Covid-19 clusters in the last 24 hours, bringing the active clusters to 1,440 nationwide. Among them, 17 were workplace-related, 14 in the community, two involving high-risk groups and one involving religious groups. In his daily Covid-19 statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia's daily Covid-19 cases saw a slight dip from the 20,000 mark with 19,198 new infections reported on Sunday (Sept 12).

Education Ministry will not force parents to send their children to school

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The Education Ministry will not force parents to send their children to school for students who can attend classes physically when schools reopen in stages beginning Oct 3. Senior Minister of Education Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said for now, the ministry will let parents decide what is best for their children. The ministry, he said, has instructed schools not to issue any warning letter for students allowed to attend physical classes but did not turn up at schools. "Parents, however, must write a letter to the respective school to explain why they insist to keep their children at home when schools reopen in October," he told reporters here today.

Not compulsory to wear school uniform but attire must be appropriate, says Education Minister

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Students don't have to wear uniforms to school and can opt to wear their own clothes, says Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin. The Education Minister said school uniforms are not mandatory for students and pupils, but emphasised that the choice of clothing must be appropriate. “By the time we reopen schools, parents might notice that their children can’t fit into their uniforms. “So, we are allowing them to wear neat and appropriate clothes if they can’t fit into their uniforms. Because our aim is to bring them back to school and not to punish them (for not wearing uniform),” he said during the announcement of the new standard operating procedures (SOPs) for schools on Sunday (Sept 12).

Around 2,500 teachers yet to receive Covid-19 jab; all students can attend school, regardless of vaccination status, says education minister

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Around 2,500 educators nationwide have yet to be vaccinated, said Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin today. He said the ministry is attempting to assign this group of teachers other roles to play during the school reopening drive. He also said there are no rules governing school attendance among students — apart from taking classes in turn. “The vaccination programme is moving in line with the reopening of schools. So there are no fixed guidelines as yet regarding whether to allow students with one dose or two doses to attend school.

Educationists, NUTP laud move to have students vaccinated

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Educationists have lauded the Health Ministry's move to have students, ages 12 to 17, vaccinated before the new school session next year. The move, they said, will create a safe environment for students when schools conduct physical classes again. Education expert Dr Anuar Ahmad from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Centre of Community Education and Wellbeing said having students vaccinated will better protect them against Covid-19 and give parents and guardians confidence to send their kids to schools. "By having a safe environment for students, it will provide stability to our education system. It is always our hope to keep schools open," he said.

Education minister: Students can choose not to attend school, attendance is regardless of Covid-19 vaccination status

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Vaccinated or not, all students can attend school, says Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin. He said students can choose to continue learning from home if they do not want to attend school in person. “If parents want to keep their children at home, they can continue to learn from home,” said Radzi during a press conference today. “Learning from home, however, will be slightly different now as teachers will be in school. So they will learn whatever the teachers have prepared for the week.

Face masks mandatory for all students in school, but not uniforms, says education minister

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All children returning to school on October 3 are required to wear face masks, says Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin. He said masks are compulsory for all students while on school grounds, and that they will be provided to those who cannot afford them. “Some are poor and unable to afford masks, so we are asking the schools to supply them. The teachers will be in charge of this. “Also, we are suspending all co-curriculum activities, as well as not allowing children to eat in air-conditioned classrooms. They can have their recess in the classroom, but it must be well ventilated,” he said during a press conference today.