Malaysia recorded 1,139 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (April 7), bringing the cumulative total to 354,468.
In the same 24-hour period, there were four fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,304.
Sarawak still tops the list in the number of infections with 332 cases, followed by Selangor with 294 cases and Johor with 102 cases.
The AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine’s arrival in Malaysia is still on track as scheduled at the moment, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said today.
The health minister said Malaysia’s shipment is obtained from Thailand and Covax facility in South Korea, indicating that the country will not experience similar delays as countries like Australia.
“We are receiving AstraZeneca shipments from factories in Thailand (for 10 per cent of the population) and three per cent from the Covax facility in South Korea, not factories in Europe,” he told Malay Mail when contacted.
The Human Resources Ministry and the Ministry of Health have begun discussions on whether staff should be given an off-day to receive their Covid-19 vaccines, Datuk Seri M. Saravanan revealed today.
Saravanan said he had agreed to the suggestion “in principle” after discussing the matter with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba yesterday, but said more discussions needed to be done with relevant stakeholders before an announcement can be made.
“Yes, the minister spoke to me yesterday,” he told reporters, referring to Dr Adham.
“I think in principle we have agreed but I still need to discuss the matter with my ministry on the impact of taking off for a day.
SK Jeram and SK Pengkalan Balak in Melaka have been ordered to close for three days after a total of 10 Covid-19 cases were detected among staff and pupils in the two primary schools.
State Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said four teachers and staff of SK Jeram tested positive for Covid-19 while three teachers and three pupils of SK Pengkalan Balak had also been infected.
"SK Jeram has been closed from yesterday (Monday) until tomorrow while SK Pengkalan Balak will be shut from tomorrow (Wednesday) until Friday," he said in a statement today.
Ten new Covid-19 clusters were detected over the last 24 hours, with five of them being workplace-related clusters.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of active clusters in the country currently stands at 1,421.
The five workplace clusters are the Integrasi Rawang Tiga and Jalan Badli Shah clusters in Selangor; Jalan Maju cluster in Sarawak; Jalan Kota Kubang Labu cluster in Kelantan and Jalan Mega Industri cluster in Johor.
The Integrasi Rawang Tiga cluster in Gombak was identified following a targeted screening exercise for workers from a factory in the locality.
Three villages in Terengganu and one in Sabah will come under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from tomorrow until April 20 following an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the areas.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the three villages in Terengganu were Kampung Belaoh, Kampung PPRT Belaoh Baru and Kampung Keruak in Hulu Besut, while the one in Sabah was Kampung Murni C in Nabawan.
He said 58 screening tests were conducted in the three localities in Terengganu and of the total, six were tested positive for Covid-19, while in Sabah, 17 tests were conducted and six came back positive.
Malaysia recorded 1,300 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (April 6), bringing the cumulative total to 353,329.
In the same 24-hour period, there were five fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,300.
There were also 1,412 recoveries, which means 337,868 have recovered from the disease nationwide.
There are still 189 patients in intensive care units, with 88 requiring ventilation support.
Penang and Putrajaya have, by far, the highest number of Covid-19 vaccination registrations, while Sabah recorded the lowest.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said 90 per cent of the population in Penang had registered, while 89 per cent of those in Putrajaya had done the same.
However, he said, only 12 per cent of those in Sabah have registered to be vaccinated via the MySejahtera app.
"Selangor recorded over 45 per cent, Kuala Lumpur with 44 per cent and Negri Sembilan recorded over 39 per cent of its population registering for vaccinations.
Malaysia may review its voluntary Covid-19 vaccination policy come July.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the policy will be reviewed if the uptake for the inoculation is still low in July when the country is poised to get millions of doses of the vaccine from manufacturers.
"We will reassess the level of vaccination registrations in July this year," he said when asked at what point would the administration switch its game plan to a mandatory vaccination policy to achieve the desired herd immunity levels faster.
Khairy said July was the stretched target because at present, demand outstrips supply and the delivery schedule is set to increase from the month.
Six new Covid-19 clusters were identified by the Health Ministry today, with five linked to workplace infections in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, Melaka and Negri Sembilan.
The other cluster involved community transmission from a social event in Kedah, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
In Selangor, the Lorong Dua Cluster in the Petaling and Kuala Selangor districts logged the highest number of infections with 41 cases among factory workers who were found positive following a mass screening from March 30.
The premises are located at Lorong 2B, Jalan TUDM in Kampung Subang Baru in Shah Alam.
Vaccination appointment notifications for the second phase of the National Covid-19 Vaccination programme will be sent out starting Monday (April 5).
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said recipients in Phase 2 will receive notifications 14 days before their appointment.
"We hope they will do their best to keep their appointments to avoid wasting the vaccine," he said at the weekly press conference on the progress of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme on Monday.
The second phase of the vaccination programme will start on April 19 and will cover those above 60, those with co-morbidities as well as people with disabilities (OKU).
A total of 20 Covid-19 clusters were detected in the education sector from March 20 until yesterday, with the highest number of infections coming from the Paloh Rambai cluster in Kelantan.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said that particular cluster involved teachers from several schools, among them Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Seri Ketereh, SK Kok Lanas, SK Pangkal Kalong and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kok Lanas.
Until March 25, a total of 347 individuals have been screened, with 20 testing positive for the virus in the Paloh Rambai cluster, he said.
Dr Adham said there were also education sector clusters recorded in Johor, Sabah, Negri Sembilan and Sarawak.