Malaysia recorded 21 Covid-19 cases on Saturday (June 20), taking the total number of infections in the country to 8,556. Of the 21 cases, two are imported cases involving one Malaysian and one permanent resident who were infected with the virus abroad, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) in a statement issued on Saturday. As for the 19 involving local transmission cases, he said that seven were foreigners while 12 involved Malaysians.
Parents are naturally fearful and anxious for their children with the reopening of daycare centres, preschools and schools amid the global Covid-19 pandemic. Medical experts, however, believe that children could attend preschools and schools safely by adhering to safety measures and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
The loosening of restrictions for restaurants and eateries, allowing them to operate at full dining capacity, has been met with relief for businesses that had been under pressure during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period. Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association (Presma) president Datuk Jawahar Ali Taib Khan said the move was timely as some customers, unhappy with the standard operating procedures (SOP), had been venting out their anger at restaurant staff.
Indoor activity playgrounds and kids play parks located in shopping malls are taking extra precautions to ensure that hygiene at these playgrounds are at the optimum level and safe for children. Defence Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Wednesday announced that parents could finally take their children out to malls and indoor playgrounds, accompanied by an adult.
Domestic users who utilise less than RM77 or 300 kilowatts hour (kWh) of electricity a month are entitled to free electricity from April to June, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said. He said this will benefit 4 million or 52.2% of domestic users. Those who utilise more than 300 kWh a month will also receive a RM77 monthly discount in their electricity bills for the period. This will benefit another 3.66 million users.
Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) will not cut electricity supply to consumers whose bills are in arrears until September 30. Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, said, thus, consumers, who faced financial difficulties following the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) on March 18 to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country, need not worry that their electricity supply would be cut.
From June 10 to June 18 only 22 out of 6,719 travellers who returned to Malaysia had tested positive for Covid-19, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. He said out of this number who were screened by the Health Ministry, 6,696 had tested negative while one traveller is still awaiting test results.
The Compliance Operations Task Force, formed by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), nabbed 48 individuals for violating the Recovery movement control order (RMCO) yesterday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said of the total, 40 individuals were remanded and eight others issued compounds
Malaysia recorded six new Covid-19 cases on Friday (June 19), taking the total number of infections in the country to 8,535. Of the six cases, two are imported cases involving one Malaysian and one permanent resident who were infected with the virus abroad, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at the ministry’s Covid-19 press conference here Friday. All of the four local transmission cases involved Malaysians.
The Ministry of Health reported just six Covid-19 cases today, among them an index patient behind a new cluster found in Sarawak. Two of the cases were contracted abroad involving a Malaysian national and a foreigner with a permanent resident status, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said. The rest are local transmissions. One of the patients was a tahfiz school student and while the other was a university student, the index case behind a small cluster in Sarawak.
The special ministerial meeting today decided that the water sports sector for non-contact training activities may restart, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He explained that this was after the Youth and Sports Ministry proposed the standard operating procedures for the sector to the committee yesterday. “Swimming activities, including diving and snorkeling, are permitted in swimming pools, according to set sessions and limited to a set number of people based on the pool’s capacity,” he said during the thrice-weekly press conference.
International students studying at public and private higher learning institutions as well as international schools can return to Malaysia to resume their studies, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister (Security) said these students need not apply to the Immigration Department but have to register with the Education Ministry or the Higher Education Ministry.
The government has provisionally decided to grant Singapore and Brunei citizens entry into Malaysia without prior approval from the Immigration Department, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said nationals from both countries would also be exempted from the mandatory Covid-19 screening and 14-day quarantine upon arrival. “However this is only limited to Singaporeans and Bruneians who are currently residing in their home countries,” Ismail said during his thrice-weekly press conference.
Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) said there is no limit to the number of tables that one family can occupy, including combining tables, as long as social distancing of one metre is adhered to. “We received feedback that some people in a family of six from the same house have to split themselves into groups of four and two when actually they can combine tables so that social distancing of one metre is observed,“ he said at a press briefing today.
The government has decided to open up Malaysia’s borders to allow international visitors to enter our country. However, several conditions must be met before they are allowed to do so. Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) said, as of now, expatriates under the EP1 category who possess a professional visit pass or a resident pass, and who are also in the top management of a company in Malaysia need not make an application to enter the country through the Immigration Department.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) today announced 14 new Covid-19 cases, and no fatalities. Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that 127 patients have been discharged, putting the total number of discharged Covid-19 patients at 8,000 or 93.8 per cent of the total number of cases.
Meetings, seminars, training and courses can now be organised with strict adherence to standard operating procedure, including no buffet meals for participants, said Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the special Cabinet committee on the Covid-19 pandemic had agreed to allow these activities to be held during the recovery movement control order period.
The special Cabinet committee on managing the Covid-19 pandemic will be looking into the possibility of allowing foreign students to return to Malaysia to continue their education, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the government had received applications from international students asking that they be allowed to come back to Malaysia to resume classes.
A total of 10 foreign nationals were arrested at Ops Benteng roadblocks over immigration offences, says Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said six of them were arrested on June 16 while four were nabbed at roadblocks the previous day. Police conducted 68 roadblocks on Tuesday (June 16) and checked 40,880 vehicles to curb the smuggling of illegal immigrants.
There must be social distancing in restaurants and eateries, but there is no fixed number of people allowed to sit at every table, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. “As long as there is social distancing, it is possible. If a long table can fit 10 people, then 10 people are allowed. The issue is social distancing, ” the Senior Minister (Security) told a press conference on Covid-19 updates on Wednesday (June 17).
RELIGIOUS associations and temple managements say there is no rush in reopening places of worships as they wish to avoid any potential Covid-19 clusters. For Malaysian Hindu Sangam (MHS) president Datuk R.K. Mohan Shan, the demand to reopen was dependent on the devotees who had not been able to fulfil their religious obligations.
TENAGA Nasional Bhd (TNB) is studying several mechanisms to address the mounting public complaints about the spike in electricity charges during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period. TNB chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said he, together with the management of the utility company, the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry as well as the Energy Commission, were seeking a solution to address the issue.
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) has issued a total of 635 show-cause notices to barbers, hairdressers and beauty salons nationwide over suspicion of profiteering. Its minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said the show-cause notices issued to operators, not only over suspicion of profiteering but also to serve as a warning for them to comply with the law.
The government will soon allow face-to-face interviews when it comes to hiring civil servants, after relying solely on online interviews during the movement control order (MCO). Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that Putrajaya has agreed in principle that “in-person” interviews can be conducted, but is working to refine standard operating procedures (SOPs) for it.
A total of 52 compounds have been issued against owners of premises for flouting the standard operating procedures (SOPs) since the implementation of the recovery movement control order (RMCO) beginning June 10. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor said that among offences committed was operating beyond the permitted time limits.
Children are allowed at public places, including shopping centres and restaurants but all precautions must be taken to protect them during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said parents or guardians would not be punished for bringing along children to public places as there are no penalties gazetted for such actions.
Malaysia has recorded 10 new Covid-19 cases today, of which only seven were local transmissions between Malaysians, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said. Out of the 10 cases reported, none were imported cases while three local cases involved non-Malaysians, bringing the total number of active cases to 521. Today’s new infection figure means that Malaysia has recorded 8,515 overall cases of Covid-19 to date.
Malaysia had only 11 new Covid-19 cases today, while 333 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering fully. The Health Ministry said the number of active cases is currently at 651, out of the 8,505 total infections recorded. “A total of 333 cases recovered and were discharged from the hospital today, of whom 307 are foreign nationals and 26 are Malaysians.