Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

KL, Selangor and Putrajaya to move to Phase 2 of NRP from Friday (Sept 10)

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Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya will transition to Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan on Friday (Sept 10), says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Ismail Sabri also said that cross-district travel between Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya will be allowed and added that all roadblocks will be lifted in a series of posts on his official Facebook page on Wednesday (Sept 8).

Good news for sports sector soon, says KJ

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There will be “good news” for the sports sector soon, says Khairy Jamaluddin. The Health Minister said that the matter was discussed and decided upon at the National Security Council’s (NSC) Covid-19 meeting. “Good news will be announced,” Khairy said in a tweet on Wednesday (Sept 8). Khairy was responding to a request by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, urging Khairy to allow gyms and outdoor sports facilities to reopen. "Cinema reopened? Gyms and outdoor sports? Pls YB @Khairykj, there need be wisdom in our decisions (sic)," the Youth and Sports Minister tweeted on Wednesday. Ahmad Faizal also tweeted that his ministry had recommended for outdoor sports and gymnasiums to be reopened.

GSC to remain closed until SOPs issued

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Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) is pulling the handbrakes on reopening tomorrow until the government issues the standard operating procedures (SOP) the industry needs to comply with. GSC told the New Straits Times that it had received notification from the Malaysian Association of Film Exhibitors that cinemas would not be reopened tomorrow. "We are currently pending the full, proper SOP from the government and additionally, a selection of films are also currently undergoing censorship review. "As such, GSC will remain closed until further notice, but as soon as we have any updates, we will make an announcement on our social media accordingly," GSC said.

Malaysia on track to achieving vaccination target

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Malaysia is on track to achieving the target of getting 80 per cent of its adult population fully vaccinated by month's end. Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said as of yesterday, 69.6 per cent of the adult population in Malaysia (or 16,299,881 individuals) have completed their Covid-19 vaccination. "The target of our Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP) is to have 80 per cent of the adult population nationwide fully vaccinated, and 60 per cent for every state by the end of the month. "Now, the country is on the right track and our vaccination rate has reached a commendable rate," he said in a statement.

19,733 new cases bring total to 1,900,467

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Malaysia has 19,733 new cases of Covid-19, the Health Ministry reported on Wednesday (Sept 8). This takes the country’s cumulative total of Covid-19 infections to 1,900,467. Sarawak has the highest number of cases out of all states, with 3,100 new infections. Selangor is second with 2,989 cases, followed by Penang (2,474) and Sabah (2,067).

311 fatalities bring death toll to 18,802

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Another 311 more people died from Covid-19 in Malaysia on Tuesday (Sept 7), says the Health Ministry. This takes the country’s Covid-19 death toll to 18,802, which is 1% out of all cases. In his daily Covid-19 statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 270 of the deceased were Malaysians and 41 were foreign nationals. Selangor has the most number of deaths (55 cases), followed by Johor (53), Sabah (45), and Kedah (43). Labuan, which has 95.4% fully vaccinated adults, saw zero death cases on Tuesday.

Overall ICU bed occupancy continues to drop, but Kedah and Perak operating above 100%

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The country’s intensive care unit (ICU) bed occupancy by Covid-19 patients continues to drop, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. However, Kedah and Perak are operating above 100% of their ICU capacity as of Monday (Sept 6), he added. In a Twitter post, he revealed that the country’s ICU usage rate was at 68%, down from 86% the previous day (Sunday, Sept 5).

68 pc bed occupancy at ICU beds nationwide

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Bed occupancy rate at intensive care units (ICU) treating Covid-19 patients in the country currently stands at 68 per cent or 1,561 beds used. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said however ICU beds usage in Kedah and Perak were over 100 per cent. Based on the data shared on his Facebook, ICU beds usage in Kedah was at 102 per cent (104 beds used), with 111 per cent (90 beds used) in Perak. In Kelantan, the ICU beds usage was at 95 per cent (85 beds used), with Johor at 91 per cent (110 beds), Perlis (91 per cent/11 beds), Sabah (90 per cent/143 beds), Sarawak (83 per cent/120 beds), Selangor (75 per cent/317 beds) and Kuala Lumpur (73 per cent/187 beds).

18,547 new cases, Sarawak highest with 3,200

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Malaysia has 18,547 more cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday (September 7), the Health Ministry reported. Cumulatively, Malaysia has had 1,880,734 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began. Sarawak continued to have the most infections out of all states with 3,200 new cases. Selangor is second with 2,407 cases, followed by Johor (2,174) and Sabah (2,107).

High Covid-19 deaths not necessarily daily rates, but reports from backlogs

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The high number of Covid-19 deaths reported daily does not reflect the actual number of fresh deaths that occur within 24 hours, federal Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today. He explained that the numbers are sometimes piled up over several days as the authorities need time to confirm the cause of death, especially in places like the Klang Valley which also have a high Covid-19 vaccination rate. “The daily death reports are not necessarily from the last 24 hours. There is a long backlog because we have to confirm the cause of death is from Covid-19 and not something else,” he told a press conference after a National Covid-19 Vaccine and Immunisation Task Force (CITF) meeting with the Sabah government at the state administrative centre here.

Fresh Covid-19 infections dip to 17,352 but over 5,000 in Sabah and Sarawak

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Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 cases declined to 17,352 today, despite an increase in Sabah and Sarawak that contributed over 5,000 new infections. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Sarawak reported 3,714 new infections while Sabah registered 1,844 cases, the two sandwiched by Selangor’s 2,126 and Johor’s 2,101 new cases. Numbers in Kuala Lumpur continued on a downward trend with only 398 new cases reported today, as Kedah (1,599), Penang (1,558), Kelantan (1,213) and Perak (1,082) all registered more than 1,000 new cases over the last day.

Malaysia’s ICU bed occupancy dips slightly to 86pc; non-ICU bed use rises to 75pc

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The rate of bed occupancy in intensive care units (ICU) across Malaysia has dipped slightly to 86 per cent compared to 87 per cent the previous day, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today. This is in comparison to the 90 per cent ICU bed occupancy on September 2. However, non-ICU bed usage has seen a minor increase of 4 per cent, or rise to 75 per cent, compared to 71 per cent the previous day. Kedah, which only has 108 ICU beds, has exceeded its capacity at 123 per cent, followed by Perak, which has a 108 per cent occupancy rate of the 90 beds available in the state.