The high volume of samples collected for Covid-19 testing has burdened existing laboratories’ capacity, resulting in a longer turnaround time for results, said Sarawak Health Department director Datuk Dr Mohamed Sapian Mohamed.
He said that this created a backlog, resulting in the results of some samples to only be known after five days.
“Despite outsourcing for testing some samples, the high volume of samples collected has caused a burden on the capacity of existing laboratories resulting in the turnaround time for results to be lengthened.
‘Rumah Prihatin’ set up at the Grand Seasons Hotel here is ready to be used as a vaccination centre (PPV) for adolescents if the need arises, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
He said this would help the Health Ministry (MOH) to double or speed up the vaccination programme for teenagers.
“In Kuala Lumpur, most (residents) have received vaccinations, so the capacity of the MOH-operated PPVs would be more than adequate.
The Education Ministry is in the process of discussing with the Public Service Department (PSD) on actions to be taken against teachers who refused to get themselves vaccinated ahead of the reopening of schools, in stages, beginning Oct 3.
Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said this group of teachers will not be allowed to conduct face-to-face teaching for schools set to open for physical classes.
For now, Radzi said the ministry is in the process of assigning this group of 2,500 teachers to other roles when the schools reopened.
"They only represent a small number of more than 10,000 teachers at schools nationwide.
The vaccination programme for teens aged 12 to 17 in Terengganu will begin as soon as 80 per cent of the adult population complete their Covid-19 jabs, said Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
He said a total of 93,262 teens in Terengganu had been identified as eligible Covid-19 vaccine recipients, adding that the immunisation exercise for them would be conducted in schools.
He said this to reporters after witnessing the door-to-door outreach vaccination programme in Taman Desa Paloh, here today.
Malaysia recorded 19,198 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Sept 12), bringing the cumulative total to 1,979,698.
Sarawak recorded the highest number of cases at 5,291, followed by Selangor (2,347) and Johor (2,110).
Several localities in Pahang, Perak and Sabah will come under the enhanced movement control order.
National Security Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said that two localities in Pekan, Pahang, and one locality each in Tawau, Sabah, and Kampar, Perak, will come under EMCO.
The EMCO in Pahang and Sabah will begin on Sept 13, and will end on Sept 26.
In Perak, the EMCO will start on Sept 12, and will conclude on Sept 25.
Meanwhile, eight localities under the EMCO in Pahang and Sabah will end on Sept 12.
The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) and the Health Ministry will carry out some data cleanup to solve problem faced by fully-vaccinated individuals whose Covid-19 digital vaccination certificates do not appear on their MySejahtera app.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said they had identified three main factors that contributed to the issue.
"(Healthcare) staff have to inoculate hundreds of thousands of individuals every day. There are cases where the vaccine serial number is not updated at the end of the process by the staff manning the final vaccination station.
Most of the new Covid-19 cases reported today are in Category 1 and 2, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said out of today's 19,550 infections reported as of noon today, 19,285 cases (98.6 per cent) were under Category 1 and 2 while the remaining 265 cases (1.4 per cent) were under Category 3, 4 and 5.
Dr Noor Hisham also said 21,771 recoveries were reported today (86.7 per cent), higher than the daily number of cases.
Currently, he said 1,247 cases were being treated at the intensive care units where 667 of them were on ventilator support.
Malaysia recorded 28 new Covid-19 clusters on Saturday, taking the current number of active ones in the country to 1,446.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 17 clusters were from workplaces, and six were community clusters.
Three clusters were among high-risk groups, while two clusters involved education groups.
Some 3,641 clusters came to a close on Saturday (Sept 11).
The Health Ministry will ensure all three million students nationwide are vaccinated before the start of the new school session next year.
Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said before the opening of the new school year in January all three million students would have been vaccinated.
"That is our key performance indicator (KPI). Before they open schools in 2022, we will vaccinate all students," he told newsmen during a joint press conference with Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow in Komtar here today.
He was asked if all students would be vaccinated before returning to school.
Supplemental oxygen should only be given under strict medical advice and supervision, says the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA).
Its president Prof Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy said that the unregulated sales and purchase of oxygen supplementation canisters should stop, as it is not beneficial and may instead cause harm.
“We are deeply concerned over the widespread advertising of these canisters for home use.
“Apart from the product being harmful when used incorrectly, it can also present itself as a fire hazard.
A total of 19,550 new Covid-19 infections were reported on Saturday (Sept 11), says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
The Health director-general said this brings the cumulative total number of Covid-19 cases in the country to 1,960,500 since the pandemic began.
Sarawak recorded the most new infections with 3,743, followed by Selangor (2,416), Johor (2,282) and Sabah (2,163).