Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

EMCO to be enforced in several localities in Pahang and Sabah

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The enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will be enforced in a few localities in Pahang and Sabah from Sept 12-25. National Security Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad, in a statement on Friday (Sept 10), said that the EMCO would be enforced in two localities in Temerloh and another in Lipis and Rompin. In Sabah, the EMCO will be enforced in a locality in Kota Kinabalu. Meanwhile, the EMCO on three localities in Pasir Mas, Kelantan will conclude on Sept 11 as scheduled. Two EMCOs at localities in Ranau and Penampang will also conclude as scheduled on Sept 11.

MoH aims to fully vaccinate 23.4 million adults by Oct 24

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The Health Ministry (MoH) has projected that in 44 days, over 23.4 million adults in Malaysia will have been fully-vaccinated against Covid-19. This target, said the ministry, is expected to be achieved by Oct 24. It said that in 12 days on Sept 22, 80 per cent of the adult population or 18.7 million people would be completely inoculated. This was based on yesterday's data uploaded on the Health Ministry's new Covid-19 website (https://covidnow.moh.gov.my/), which was unveiled by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

With Covid-19 impacting mental health, society must play role in identifying early symptoms of depression among loved ones

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The community in Malaysia is not exempted from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their mental health, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. He said social factors that cause excessive stress, such as losing job or source of income and to be isolated from family and friends, can affect some individuals with high risk of mental problem and depression. “If the depression failed to be identified and treated properly, there is a risk of suicidal behaviour. “Suicidal behaviour includes suicidal ideation, suicidal plan, suicide attempt and death due to suicide,” he said in a statement in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day today.

21,176 new cases recorded, Sarawak tops the list with 3,734

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Malaysia recorded 21,176 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (Sept 10), says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Health director-general said this brings the cumulative total number of Covid-19 infections in Malaysia to 1,940,950 cases since the pandemic began. Sarawak continued to record the most new infections with 3,734 cases, followed by Selangor (3,595), Johor (2,297) and Sabah (2,246).

323 new deaths bring total fatalities to 19,486

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There were another 323 Covid-19 related deaths reported on Thursday (Sept 9), as the cumulative total of fatalities reached 19,486, says Khairy Jamaluddin. The Health Minister said this was 1% of the 1,919,774 cumulative cases of Covid-19 that had been reported in the country. Sarawak remained the state with the highest number of cases, with 3,118 new infections. Selangor is second with 2,700 cases, followed by Sabah (2,298) and Penang (2,243).

Health Ministry launches new Covid-19 website

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The Health Ministry has launched a new website known as CovidNow to give the latest simplified data on Covid-19, says Khairy Jamaluddin. The Health Minister said the new website will provide new data, including the details of new cases as well as the status of vaccination and the type of vaccine. The information will be updated at 11.59pm daily. "You can start to access the website starting from 6pm on Thursday (Sept 9) at https://COVIDNOW.moh.gov.my and the daily updates will be available on CovidNow," he said during a press conference on Thursday.

High-risk Covid-19 patients in category two and three will now be placed at PKRCs

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Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today said that high-risk category 2 and 3 Covid-19 patients will now be treated at the low-risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs) around the country. The decision was one of several key shifts in the government’s strategy Khairy announced in a bid to rein in the virus amid growing public concern over the stubbornly high rate of daily cases and a surging fatality rate.

Khairy announces Covidnow, a detailed one-stop website for all Covid-19 information

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The Ministry of Health today launched a simplified platform that will provide all daily information related to Covid-19 including more granular data that was previously unavailable in a bid to increase transparency, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today. The website — covidnow.moh.gov.my — still employs mostly the same indicators used from the previous reporting practice, but with the addition of new and detailed information like the number of daily tests and patients treated at low-risk treatment and quarantine centres (PKRC). The ministry had also tweaked some of the denominators used previously, like reporting the number of coronavirus-related deaths based on the time of death instead of reporting only when deaths are confirmed, which had caused backlogs that drove the daily numbers up.

19,307 new cases nationwide, Sarawak highest with 3,118 on Thursday (Sept 9)

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Malaysia recorded 19,307 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (Sept 9), according to the Health Ministry. This takes the country's cumulative total to 1,919,774. Sarawak remained the state with the highest number of cases with 3,118 new infections. Selangor is second with 2,700 cases, followed by Sabah (2,298) and Penang (2,243).

97.8% of Wednesday's (Sept 8) 19,733 new cases are mild or asymptomatic infections

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About 97.8% of the country’s latest Covid-19 cases were either mild and asymptomatic infections, says the Health Ministry. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 19,733 new cases reported on Wednesday (Sept 8), 19,304 were Category 1 and 2 infections. “Another 429 cases (2.2%) are those in Category 3, 4 and 5,” said Dr Noor Hisham in his daily Covid-19 statement. About 91% of the new cases involved were either unvaccinated individuals (76%), or those who had not completed their vaccination dosage (15%).

361 Covid-19 deaths, 102 BID

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Malaysia recorded 361 Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours with 102 Brought-in-Dead (BID) cases. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the fatalities comprised 301 Malaysians and 60 foreigners. BID cases involved 71 locals and 31 foreigners. "A total of 261 deaths involved those with underlying illnesses. From the total, 191 were male and 170 female," he said, adding the country's death toll now rose to 19,163. Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor again recorded the highest number of fatalities today with 67 cases.

35 new Covid-19 clusters, majority from workplace

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The Health Ministry has detected 35 new Covid-19 clusters in the last 24 hours. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement today said 20 of the new clusters were linked to workplace, 11 were community clusters, two high-risk groups and two from education. He said 916 cases came from the new workplace clusters, followed by community clusters (276), high-risk groups (88) and education (28). The workplace cluster with the highest number of Covid-19 cases is the Jalan Tasek Mutiara Tuju construction site cluster, in Penang, with 123 cases so far.