Malaysia recorded a new record high of 15,902 new cases on Saturday (July 24), bringing the nation's cumulative total to 996,393 cases.
In a tweet on Saturday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said Selangor recorded the most infections with 7,351 cases.
This was followed by Kuala Lumpur (2,406 cases), Kedah (867) and Johor (804) as well as Sabah (712), Negri Sembilan (625), Melaka (631) and Penang (505).
Aside from these states, Kelantan (502), Perak (469), Pahang (406), Terengganu (267) and Sarawak (261) also recorded new cases.
The country’s Covid-19 death toll continues to rise with 144 more fatalities recorded on Friday (July 23).
This brings the death toll to 7,718 since the pandemic began.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor recorded the highest number with 66 deaths.
Of the death cases reported, 119 had comorbidities and eight were brought-in-dead.
The list of Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPVs) will be announced soon, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today during the weekly Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) press conference with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
“Until yesterday, 71.9 per cent adult residents aged 18 and above in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor had received at least one dose. For this reason also, walk-in vaccinations at PPVs in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor for senior citizens who have not received their appointments, had begun starting last Saturday.
“After the Operation Surge Capacity ends on August 1, adult residents who are 18 years old and above and have not gotten their appointments will be allowed to get their walk-in vaccinations, and we will announce the list of PPVs which will be open for walk-ins in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, soon,” he said.
There are no issues surrounding oxygen supply shortage despite the death rates among Covid-19 patients in Category 4 and 5.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the 10 to 15 daily deaths on average since July 20 involved a surge in cases among Category 4 and 5 patients with co-morbidities.
"The patients in Category 4 and 5 who were admitted to the Ampang Hospital were found in critical state.
"The patients, especially those in Category 5, needed oxygen therapy and the hospital is supplied with oxygen twice daily. There is no issue with the oxygen supply," he said at the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) virtual press conference today.
The Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) will meet next week to decide on regulations for private sale of Covid-19 vaccines.
Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP) coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said among the decisions include setting a ceiling price for the vaccines.
"The government had previously agreed to allow the private sector to sell Covid-19 vaccines once the federal government received an adequate stock of vaccines.
"Starting August, pharmaceutical companies with access to Covid-19 vaccines will be able to offer private sales," he said in a joint virtual press conference with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba today.
Malaysia recorded 15,573 new cases on Friday (July 23), bringing the nation's cumulative total to 980,491 cases.
In a tweet on Friday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said Selangor recorded the most infections with 7,672 cases.
This was followed by Kuala Lumpur (2,063 cases), Kedah (937) and Johor (722) as well as Negri Sembilan (682), Penang (530) and Sabah (516).
A total of 25 localities in Sabah, Kelantan and Pahang will be placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from Saturday (July 24) to August 6, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Ismail Sabri, who is also the Minister of Defence, said in Sabah, the EMCO would involve Kampung Pukak, Mukim Tengah and Gayang Ria PPR, Mukim Berungis in Tuaran; Kampung Gumandang in Kudat; Kampung Lumatai Ulu in Beaufort; as well as Kampung Banting, Kampung Kawang and Kampung Ulu Bole in Sipitang.
In Pahang, 14 localities in Temerloh will be placed under the EMCO, namely, Taman Bahagia; Taman Bahagia Indah; Taman Bahagia Makmur; Taman Bahagia Permai; Taman Bahagia Courts; the entire Kampung Padang Lalang area; Taman Perumahan Sri Kemuning; Sri Kemuning Flats and Taman Temerloh Jaya.
Thirty-two new Covid-19 clusters have been reported, bringing the number of active clusters to 946 on Thursday (July 22), says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Dr Noor Hisham said 134 deaths were recorded on Thursday, comprising 119 Malaysians and 15 foreigners.
"Furthermore, 21 of the new clusters were workplace clusters while seven were community clusters, two were education institute clusters while the remaining two were high-risk group clusters.
Malaysia recorded 13,034 new cases, bringing the nation's cumulative total to 964,918.
In a tweet on Thursday (July 22), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said Selangor recorded the most Covid-19 infections with 6,049 cases.
This was followed by Kuala Lumpur (1,611 cases), Johor (791) and Negri Sembilan (711).
Police have arrested 420 individuals for various standard operating procedure violations.
The offences include cross border travel without permission/eating at premises, no social distancing, failure to register when entering premises, failure to abide by movement control order and premises that did not follow SOP.
Of those arrested on July 20, 332 individuals were slapped with compound notices, 82 were remanded and six were released on bail.
The task force monitoring standard operating procedure compliance had checked 68,921 premises involving 18,351 personnel on Tuesday (July 20), said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
All non-Covid patients currently treated at public hospitals in the Klang Valley are to be transferred to private hospitals immediately to free up occupancy rates in medical wards to be repurposed for Covid-19 treatment, following a government directive that came into force yesterday.
The directive dated July 20 in the form of a Health Ministry letter, was addressed to Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) president Dr Kuljit Singh, which Malay Mail has verified as true.
“Yes. We are happy to help and at the moment many patients have been decanted since last night.
“The process is very smooth. Our aim is to help the government to create more space for Covid-19 patients at their facilities,” Dr Kuljit said briefly when contacted.
Covid-19 deaths in the country soared to 199 in the last 24 hours, a new record, just a day after Hari Raya Haji.
The Health Ministry’s tweet shows the cumulative death toll now stands at 7,440, with 421 lives lost since Monday alone.
The number of Covid-19 related deaths has remained above 100 deaths a day since last week, with a slight dip yesterday when 93 fatalities were reported.