he government has prepared several backup plans in the event that it has to postpone the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, said National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said that the move was mooted in the event that the vaccine was found to be unsuitable for use in the country.
“If we have to defer, or if we find that AstraZeneca is unsuitable, we have some other (backup) plans. For example, we received an offer from Pfizer-BioNTech to add another 12.8 million doses, in addition to what we have ordered, which is about 30 million doses.
“This is still in the backup plan if it (AstraZeneca) cannot be administered,” he said in a press conference with Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Ir Hasni Mohammad, at Bangunan Dato Jaafar here today.
The Movement Control Order (MCO) at the Keningau district, Sabah, has been extended for another 14 days.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the MCO in the district, which was supposed to have been lifted tomorrow, will now be extended until April 18.
"To date, there are a total of 2,138 Covid-19 cases recorded in that district with several villages under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
"The Health Ministry has also confirmed the emergence of new clusters and Covid-19 cases are still spiking in the community with 148 active cases reported in the past 14 days.
A total of 248 people were arrested for violating the Movement Control Order's standard operating procedures (SOP) on Saturday.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said activities at entertainment outlets topped the list of offences at 205.
Meanwhile, 17 were caught not practicing physical distancing, 11 failed to record their details prior to entering premises, eight attempted interstate/inter-district travel without permission, four violated the face mask rule and three were nabbed for other offences.
"Of the total, 228 were issued compounds, three were remanded and the remaining 17 were released on bail," he said in a statement today.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) will identify the causes of the majority of Malaysians having yet to register for the Covid-19 vaccine, said its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
He said that the MOH was targeting for 70 to 80 per cent of Malaysians to register for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, but thus far only 7.6 million out of 26.7 million had registered through the MySejahtera application.
“I am not satisfied. MOH is not satisfied. MOH will find the reason why they did not register. Is the campaign not compelling enough or are they are concerned or want to wait and see? Some even claim that the vaccine is this and that.
The Health Ministry recorded 1,349 new cases of Covid-19 today, with Penang, Sarawak and Selangor cumulatively accounting for a total of 947 cases.
The Health Ministry said Sarawak alone accounted for 419 cases, followed by Selangor at 343 cases and Penang at 185 cases. All three are currently under a state-wide conditional movement control order (CMCO).
Of the 1,349 cases recorded, only seven cases were imported while the remaining 1,342 comprised locally infected cases.
Today’s figure brings the total number of cases recorded nationwide to 350,959 cases.
Malaysia recorded 1,349 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (April 4), bringing cumulative total to 350,959.
There are two new Covid-19 fatalities, taking the country’s death toll to 1,288 or 0.37% of all cases, according to the Health Ministry.
The number of recoveries is lower than new cases, with 1,270 patients being discharged in the past 24 hours.
In total, 335,162 patients or 95.5% have recovered from Covid-19 in the country.
Seven new Covid-19 clusters have been identified in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of active clusters in the country to 357.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new clusters were a mixture of workplace and community clusters in Sarawak, Sabah, Johor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Pahang.
The community clusters are the Kampung Binyu cluster in Sarawak, Jalan Merdeka cluster in Johor, Simpang Tiga Merotai cluster in Sabah and Jalan Kenanga cluster in Melaka.
Six individuals were arrested by authorities for breaching Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP), says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said five were issued compounds on Friday (April 2), while another was remanded.
"Three of them failed to provide their personal information via MySejahtera or manually, while two of them had crossed states/districts without permission. Another did not wear a face mask," he said in a statement on Saturday (April 3).
The task force monitoring the SOP compliance spearheaded by the police conducted 64,070 checks all over the country, he said.
The number of people who have registered for Covid-19 vaccination through the MySejahtera application is still low compared to the total number of Malaysians and non-citizens eligible to be vaccinated, says Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said that as of Friday (April 2) only 7.6 million of the targeted 26.7 million people have signed up through the MySejahtera application.
"I consider this figure to be small. For sure, this (getting the numbers) is important to reach our desired level to more successfully contain the COVID-19 transmission and at the same time to revitalise or restore the country's economy more rapidly," he said.
The Education Ministry (MoE) will only close schools if Covid-19 affects a majority number of the teaching staff, hence affecting the efficiency of the schools' operations.
Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Md Jidin said, at present, if a Covid-19 case was detected in a particular school, the district health office would conduct risk assessment on the need to close the school.
"The district health office is the expert in making the assessment. They will assess thoroughly and if they feel there is a need to shut certain floors or certain buildings, then they will be shut. Or if there is a need to close the whole school, then it will be closed.
Malaysia recorded a total of 1,638 new Covid-19 positive cases as of noon today, raising the cumulative number of infections to 349,610.
The Health Ministry, on its official Twitter account, said 1,631 cases involved local transmissions while seven were individuals who contracted the virus abroad.
Perak overtook Selangor as the state with the highest number of new cases at 494. Selangor recorded 352 while Sarawak has 290.
There are no new cases in Perlis, 20 in Kedah, 92 in Penang, 67 in Kuala Lumpur, 7 in Putrajaya, 20 in Melaka, 83 in Johor, 64 in Kelantan, 4 in Terengganu, 35 in Pahang, 25 in Negeri Sembilan, 12 in Labuan and 73 in Sabah.
A total of 1,638 new Covid-19 cases were recorded on Saturday (April 3), bringing the total number of cases recorded in the country to 349,610.
Three fatalities were also recorded with the death to now at 1,286
Perak, Selangor and Sarawak are the states with the highest number of new cases at 494,352 and 290 respectively.
As of noon Saturday, there were 1,449 recoveries.