Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

17 detained nationwide on Thursday for violations

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Seventeen people nationwide were detained by police on Thursday for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 16 people were issued compounds for carrying out activities which hindered social distancing measures, while the seventeenth was fined for violating Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs).

Malaysia Airlines sets new safety measures for its Golden Lounges

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Malaysia Airlines Bhd has set enhanced safety and health measures at its Golden Lounges to help boost guests’ confidence in travel whilst continuing to offer them a premium and personalised Malaysian Hospitality experience. Group Chief Operations Officer Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi said the new initiatives were part of the national carrier’s vision in ensuring that the health and welfare of customers and employees remained the utmost priority, while making sure its lounges continue to provide a premium and personal experience.

Night, morning market traders who don’t wear face masks could see their licences revoked, warns Ismail Sabri

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Errant traders of night and morning markets found not sporting face masks while operating have been warned that their licences could be revoked by local authorities for breach of standard operating procedures (SOPs). Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said existing regulations by the local authorities and SOPs by the relevant ministries require these market traders to don face masks while operating, and that doing otherwise is against the law.

Putrajaya: Reopening of border with Singapore will take into account health protocols, SOPs

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The reopening of borders between Singapore and Malaysia will take into account existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) and health protocols beneficial to both countries, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein assured Malaysians today amid ongoing negotiations. “I just want to make a guarantee and assurance to everybody that in my discussion with the Foreign Minister of Singapore Vivian Balakrishnan, what is important to us is SOPs, the health protocols and it is for the benefit of both people from Malaysia and Singapore.

Ismail Sabri: Medical tourists allowed in only for critical conditions, health problems

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Malaysia will partially reopen its borders to allow medical tourists to enter the country and it will be done in phases, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. In a statement, he said the first phase of the relaxation will be implementation during the recovery movement control order (RMCO). “For phase 1A, it will permit only medical evacuation cases.

Four new cases bring total to 8,600, third day in a row only single digits reported

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Malaysia recorded four new Covid-19 cases Thursday (June 25), continuing its trend of single digits for the third day running. Cumulatively, the number of infections in the country is now 8,600 cases. All four new cases are Malaysians, with three of the four being imported cases detected in Malaysians returning from abroad. Dr Hisham also said 40 more cases have been discharged, which means 8,271 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in Malaysia since the outbreak began.

Hishammuddin: PM to bring up ‘green bubble’ cross-border travel during Asean summit tomorrow

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Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is likely to bring forward the issue of free movement between countries that has been categorised as “green nations” in the upcoming 36th Asean Summit, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today. Hishammuddin said the “green bubble” concept was crucial to revitalise the regional tourism and economic sectors between nations that had shown positive strides in battling Covid-19.

Malaysia records six new Covid-19 cases today

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The Ministry of Health has reported six new Covid-19 positive cases today, double from just three yesterday. Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the six cases involve two import cases (one Malaysia and one foreign permanent resident in Malaysia) while the other four are local transmissions who are Malaysians. “With the addition of six cases, this brings the number of active cases to 244 cases, with 45 recoveries who were discharged.

Ismail Sabri: Govt to decide on private tuition centres and school suraus by Friday

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The special ministerial meeting on Friday will see the education minister discuss several other issues, such as permitting private tuition centres to resume operations, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said another issue which will likely be raised is whether or not suraus in schools will be allowed to operate again as well.

Ismail Sabri: Foreign sailors on Malaysian ships not barred from entering

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Foreign nationals working on Malaysian vessels as sailors will not be barred from entering and exiting the country, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob clarified. He said this included those travelling to Malaysia by air. “It is not an issue once they arrive at the airport, and the shipping company is present to transport them by bus or van to the harbour or quay as soon as possible,” Ismail said during his thrice-weekly press conference.

Maids currently overseas not allowed to return yet, says Ismail Sabri

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Domestic helpers employed in Malaysia who are stuck in their home countries because of the movement control order (MCO) are not allowed to return yet, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. “For now, we are not allowing this. "We will discuss this, and when the time comes, they can return to work here, ” he said on Wednesday (June 24).

Weddings, birthday celebrations allowed from July 1, 'korban' gets nod

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The government has allowed wedding receptions, "korban" during Hari Raya Aidiladha and other social events beginning July 1 with strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the green light to organise these events was decided in a special National Security Council (NSC) meeting.

Kuching church cluster has ended

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The Health Ministry has announced that the Kuching church convention cluster – one of the country's earliest Covid-19 clusters, has ended. In a statement on Tuesday (June 23), Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah thanked the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee and all healthcare workers who played a role in managing the cluster.

Health Ministry: Three new cases, death toll stays at 121

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Malaysia recorded three new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (June 23), taking the total number of infections in the country to 8,590. All three cases are local transmissions and only one is a Malaysian. This was announced by Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement on Tuesday (June 23).

Ismail Sabri advises public to adhere to strict SOPs as govt green lights cinema operations, live events

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The government’s announcement yesterday to allow cinemas to resume operations from July 1 must surely have been sweet music to film buffs in the country. After almost three months of having to settle for the “small screen” at home, watching repeated screenings of old shows and films, this announcement was definitely joyful news to movie fans.

Ismail Sabri: Local authorities to police private pool operators for SOP compliance

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Operators of private pools must register with relevant authorities to allow for compliance monitoring and other enforcement, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob explained today. Expanding on his announcement yesterday, the senior minister said the Housing and Local Government Ministry as well as the local authorities will be responsible for ensuring that standard operating procedures (SOP) are followed.

Malaysian schools given flexibility to modify reopening procedures within guidelines

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The Education Ministry has given school managements the flexibility to modify the school opening procedures as long as they are in accordance with its guidelines. Deputy Education Minister II Muslimin Yahaya said modifications to the guidelines were allowed as each school had a different environment and number of students.

Education Ministry cuts school holidays this year in 2020 term revision

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The Education Ministry (MOE) today announced changes to the academic term this year to help schools better plan lessons that have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the movement control order (MCO) since March. The MOE said the mid-term break will now only be five days, down from nine days previously. The changes affect schools categorised as Group A (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) and Group B (Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya).

Ismail Sabri: Foreigners with expired social visit passes can get extension at Immigration offices

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Foreigners whose social visit passes expired during the movement control order (MCO) period can go to Immigration offices to get their passes extended, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister also said that for foreigners whose social visit passes ends during the recovery MCO, they can go straight to the airport to go back to their respective countries. “This has to be done within 14 days of the end of the recovery MCO, ” he said in a statement on Tuesday (June 23).

Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysia records 15 new Covid-19 cases, while active case remains below 300

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Malaysia recorded 21 new recovered cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), with active case now at only 289, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said. In his press briefing today, Dr Noor Hisham also stated that there are 15 new Covid-19 cases, with a cumulative case of 8,597 cases. However, total recovery cases stand at 8,177 cases or 95.2 per cent of total cases.

Health Ministry stopped using hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 patients, says no effect

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The Health Ministry has stopped administering malaria medication hydroxychloroquine on Covid-19 patients, seeing that it has no effect on those infected with the pandemic. Director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the ministry was using it on Covid-19 patients as an off-label medication because it has anti-inflammatory properties but after around 500 cases, data has proven that it was ineffective.

Health Ministry determines which country is Covid-19 ‘green zone’ when Malaysia opens borders

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The Health Ministry is the authoritative body for Malaysia that determines the Covid-19 categories in other countries, said Health D-G Datuk Dr Noor Hisham. The director-general told a Covid-19 press conference today that his ministry was the one that decided the six “green zone” countries that Malaysia plans to open its borders to in the near future.

Dr Noor Hisham: MOH monitoring later stages Covid-19 patients for possible long-term lung damage

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) will look towards monitoring patients, who had been diagnosed with stage 4 and 5 of the coronavirus diseases (Covid-19) and then recovered, for possible long-term lung damage, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. In his press briefing today, Dr Noor Hisham stated that MOH would screen patients before they are discharged and monitor those who are most at risk in facing complications, such as those who had recovered from stage 4 and 5 of Covid-19.

Show must go on: Cinemas, public swimming pools to reopen on July 1

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Cinemas and swimming pools nationwide can resume operations beginning July 1; while annual general meetings can be organised with strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place to avert overcrowding and ensure public safety. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made during a special ministerial meeting, today.

NSC to make wedding decision tomorrow (June 23)

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The National Security Council will decide on Tuesday (June 23) whether wedding receptions, which usually involve large crowds, can be allowed during the recovery movement control order (MCO), says Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said there have been applications from those involved in helping to organise weddings for the government to allow such events to be held.

16 new cases, death toll remains at 121

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Malaysia recorded 16 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (June 21), bringing the total number of infections to 8,572. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said out of the 16 new cases, three were imported cases involving two Malaysians and a permanent resident, who were all infected abroad. Meanwhile, there were 13 locally transmitted cases involving nine foreigners and four Malaysians, he said in a statement on Sunday.

Registration of marriages for non-Muslims now allowed, ceremony limited to 20 people

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Couples whose marriage registration was delayed during the movement control order (MCO) period can now proceed to complete the process at all permitted non-governmental organisations in the country. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the allowance applies to non-Muslim couples whose application and process to get married at clan organisations, temples, churches and religious bodies.

20 arrested for breaching order yesterday, including one for trying out clothes

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The police arrested 20 individuals for breaching the recovery movement control order (RMCO) yesterday, Putrajaya said today. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a press statement that 10 out of the 20 were held under remanded custody while the other 10 were given compounds. “Among the offences against the RMCO include karaoke and family entertainment activities (six individuals), pubs or night club activities (eight individuals), trying on outfits at a clothing store (one individual), and activities that makes it difficult for social distancing (five individuals),” he said.