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.
The authorities took action against 100 individuals for not observing standard operating procedures (SOP) under the ongoing conditional movement control order (MCO), says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said 91 people were issued compounds on Thursday (April 1), while another nine were remanded.
Of the total, 89 were fined for not maintaining social distancing, 10 for travelling across districts and states without approval, he said in a statement on Friday (April 2).
The task force monitoring the SOP compliance spearheaded by the police conducted 53,389 checks all over the country, he said.
About one in 28 Covid-19 vaccine recipients have experienced side effects but these are largely minor complaints, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
He said as at March 31, a total of 25,770 cases or 3.5% from 706,404 had reported side effects.
Of the number, 3,676 cases were detected by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) and 22,094 cases were through the MySejahtera app.
He said about 99.5% of the cases were mild while the remaining cases required treatment and observation by health specialists.
An enhanced movement control order will be enforced in Sarikei, Mukah and Kinabatangan from midnight on Saturday (April 3) to April 16, says Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said that the the enhanced MCO at the Sungai Tenegang factory quarters in Kinabatangan was enforced after 33 people were found positive out of 290 Covid-19 screening tests.
Ismail Sabri said the Health Ministry advised the government to enforce the enhanced MCO after a risk assessment was carried out by several agencies.
“This is also to facilitate the Health Ministry in the early detection of suspected Covid-19 cases and to control the spread of Covid-19 in the community, ” said Ismail Sabri
Malaysia recorded 1,294 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (April 2), bringing the cumulative total to 347,972.
According to a Health Ministry tweet, Selangor remains as the state with the most new cases, followed by Sarawak with 217.
Malaysia and China have agreed in principle to recognise each other's Covid-19 digital vaccination certificates or Covid-19 health certificates which would ease cross-border movement between the two countries in a post-pandemic future.
The move was announced by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein in a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Nanping City, Fujian Province.
The Minister is on a two-day working visit to the People's Republic of China.
The people's republic is the second country after Singapore which announced their commitment with Malaysia to mutually recognise Covid-19 vaccination certification to facilitate future cross-border travel.
The Drug Control Authority (DCA) has agreed to approve the conditional registration of the Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca Solution for Injection for use during an emergency.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the decision over the product supplied through the Covax facility by South Korean manufacturer SK Bioscience Co Limited was made at the 355th DCA meeting today.
“The registration of the Covid-19 vaccine supplied through the Covax facility is implemented through a recognition mechanism on the Emergency Use Listing (EUL) approval announced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on February 15,” he said in a statement today.
Almost one million doses of the Sinovac vaccine from China are expected to be administered by the end of April, says Pharmaniaga Berhad (Pharmaniaga) managing director Datuk Zulkarnain Md Eusope.
He said this would be possible after the batch manufacturing process validation (PV) data and vaccine stability study data could be provided by mid-April to complete the registration application before it is approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division (NPRA).
The first dose of the vaccine was given on March 18.
“To date, we have provided almost 200 thousand vaccine vials which have been distributed to the Ministry of Health (MOH). We are also in the process of obtaining NPRA’s approval for the fill and finish product which is currently in our factory, numbering about 300 thousand doses.
The Health Ministry has detected the South Africa B.1.351 Covid-19 variant in several cases in the country.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the variant was found in four cases this month linked to the Jalan Lima cluster and the Kebun Baru cluster.
"Early investigations revealed that all four cases have geographical links.
"Two cases are believed to be from the Jalan Lima cluster, involving an employee of a based at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry has taken the initiative to set up counters at its programme locations to assist senior citizens to register for the Covid-19 vaccination.
"We can help them to register and thereby increase the number of registrations for the national immunisation programme," Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun told reporters after launching the ministry's NGO Convention here, today.
She said, besides requiring assistance, the wait-and-see attitude and apprehension were among the contributing factors to the low number of registrations by the senior citizen group for the Covid-19 vaccination.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Health Ministry will meet next week to decide on the policy and framework for private hospitals to purchase vaccines directly from suppliers.
Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia had written a request and permission would be given to private hospitals to negotiate with suppliers to purchase Covid-19 vaccines.
“As the immunisation programme coordinating minister, I am aware that the current vaccine market is very limited and if they (private hospitals) do manage to procure them, the vaccines could only be delivered at year end or next year,” he told reporters after visiting the vaccine centre at Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang, here, today.