Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

Covid-19: Spike of 31 new cases, death toll remains at 118

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Malaysia recorded 31 cases on Thursday (June 11), taking the total number of infections to 8,369. This marks a return to double figures, after three days in a row of single-digit daily cases. Out of the 31 new cases, 11 are imported cases involving returning Malaysians who were infected abroad.

SOP on Aidiladha sacrificial ritual to be announced soon, says minister

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The standard operating procedure (SOP) for the Aidiladha celebration, including the sacrificial ritual, during the Recovery movement control order (RMCO) will be announced soon, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri. He said the SOP was still being improved, including getting the views of the National Fatwa Council.

Ismail Sabri: Proposed Covid-19 law will address issues such as refunds for cancelled weddings

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The government will introduce a Covid-19 Bill in Parliament that will address legal and contractual issues arising from the movement control order (MCO), said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. To a question during his daily security briefing, he said the proposed law would handle matters such as some Malaysians’ difficulty in obtaining refunds of deposits paid to wedding organisers and venue operators.

NUTP recommends primary schools to reopen in late Sept

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The National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) Peninsular Malaysia has recommended that the earliest for primary schools to reopen nationwide, is in late September or October. However its president Aminuddin Awang said, this was subject to the Covid-19 situation in the country as well as the decision of the National Security Council and Health Ministry (MOH).

All teachers to return to work on June 24

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All teachers are required to return to work although only examination bound classes will resume on June 24, said Senior Minister (Education Cluster) Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin. "All teachers will return to their respective schools. "The teachers will be able to diversify their teaching techniques once they have returned to work. "It will enable them to use facilities at the schools such as printing questions to be distributed to parents and others," he said during a press conference which was aired live today.

Two new cases, the lowest since MCO began, one death

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Malaysia recorded two new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (June 10), taking the total number of infections to 8,338 cases. This is the third day in a row where the number of new cases was in single digits, and the lowest figure since the movement control order (MCO) phase began. Of the two cases, one was an imported case involving a returning Malaysian who was infected abroad, said Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

11 activities still banned during RMCO

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Eleven activities remain prohibited under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) till further notice. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said among the banned activities were organising of sports events and tournaments, entertainment outlets, pubs and movie theatres. "But you can see the list is getting shorter compared to when the MCO was first implemented as back then, the list of prohibited activities was longer than the list of activities that were allowed.

Reopening of schools: First stage kicks off June 24

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The first Form Five, Form Six, Vocational and Malaysian Higher Islamic Religious Certificate (STAM) classes nationwide will reopen beginning June 24. The announcement on the reopening of classes for top-tier school examinations was made by Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin during a live televised broadcast today. Apart from Sijil Pelajaran Malaysian (SPM) and STAM, other top-tier school examinations in the country include Sijil Pelajaran Tinggi Malaysia (STPM) and Malaysian Vocational Certificate (SVM).

Food delivery services now allowed to operate until midnight, says Ismail Sabri

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Food delivery services can operate until midnight under the recovery movement control order (MCO), says Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He also said on Wednesday (June 10) that aside from food delivery services and food outlets, convenience stores can also operate until midnight during the recovery MCO. During the earlier stages of the MCO, shops and deliveries could only operate until 8pm and 10pm respectively when the conditional MCO was in place.

Ismail Sabri: All must comply with entry policy Ismail Sabri: All must comply with entry policy of Sabah, Sarawakof Sabah, Sarawak

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Those heading to Sabah and Sarawak must comply with all of its entry requirements, including a swab test before entering the two states, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. "That is the policy of the state governments that we must follow. I understand the concern of the Sabah and Sarawak state governments as some of the passengers need to be on board the flight for more than two hours.

Domestic tourism officially reopens today

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Tourism minister Datuk Sri Nancy Shukri announced that with the beginning of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) today, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) will be pursuing a tourism and cultural recovery plan to reignite the domestic tourism industry which was adversely affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) for close to three months. Even though Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VM2020) has been cancelled, she stressed that efforts to promote the country as a safe tourism destination will continue.

Another single-digit increase in cases, no deaths recorded

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Malaysia recorded seven new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (June 9), taking the total number of infections to 8,336, the second day in a row where the number of new cases are in single digits. Of the seven cases, six are imported cases, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 briefing on Tuesday. There were no deaths due to Covid-19 for the third consecutive day, keeping the death toll at 117, said Dr Noor Hisham. He also said 281 more patients have been discharged, which means 6,975 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in Malaysia since the outbreak began.

As RMCO beckons, Malaysians told to keep guard up

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The recovery movement control order (RMCO) which will come into force from tomorrow until Aug 31 will undoubtedly provide relief to the public as more relaxation will be granted to ease daily life. The implementation of the RMCO will not only see almost all economic sectors back in operation, but social, educational, religious, and recreational activities will also be permitted in stages with full adherence to the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Singapore minister says Covid-19 safeguards needed before resuming normal travel links with Malaysia

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Singapore’s National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said that preventive measures and safeguards against Covid-19 must be in place before regular travel should resume between his country and Malaysia. In a press conference yesterday, Wong said that negotiations with Putrajaya to allow Malaysians in Johor Baru to commute to Singapore for work was part of larger and ongoing discussions with different countries. “The same principle will apply... we will welcome these travellers. We want to see the resumption of travel, but it has to be done in a safe way. And that would mean looking at testing protocols in place on both sides.

Cops beefing up border security during RMCO phase

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Bukit Aman will step up operations at the country’s borders and entry points during the recovery movement control order (MCO) phase, says Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador. The Inspector-General of Police said the focus would be to prevent illegal immigrants from entering Malaysian shores. “We will conduct more joint operations with the armed forces, Immigration Department and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to hunt down and arrest the human smugglers, ” he said.

Tourism sector all set for rebound

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After months of inactivity, tourism players are now ready to open their doors again with the hope that the recovery movement control order (MCO) will live up to its name. Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) chief executive officer Yap Lip Seng says the June 10 commencement of the next phase of the MCO will be significant for the tourism sector as it signals the beginning of the recovery of domestic tourism.

7 new cases, death toll remains at 117

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The number of Covid-19 infections has fallen to a single digit for the first time, with seven cases reported on Monday (June 8). This brings the country’s total infections to 8,329. Out of the seven new cases, two were imported cases while the others were local transmissions involving Malaysians, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 media briefing on Monday. He said 20 more patients had been discharged, which means that 6,694 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in Malaysia since the outbreak began. Dr Noor Hisham added that there are 1,518 active cases being treated at the country’s health facilities and said that six patients are being treated in intensive care units (ICU), with one on ventilator support.

Bowling, badminton among sports allowed during RMCO

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Sports and recreational activities will be allowed to resume, subject to standard operating procedures during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said activities include training for teams gearing up for tournaments, as well as sports which do not involve physical contact such as bowling, badminton, archery, shooting and others. "Outdoor group activities, including cycling and motorcycle convoys, are also allowed during the RMCO," the prime minister said during a special televised address today.

CMCO to end, replaced with RMCO until Aug 31

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Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today announced that the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) currently enforced will end June 9 and will be replaced with the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). This next phase in tackling the spread of Covid-19 will be enforced until Aug 31, 2020. Under this new phase, interstate travel will be permitted, except for areas under Enhanced MCO (EMCO).

Finally, you can get your hair cut

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The authorities delivered the best news that Malaysians yearning for barber and hair salon services have been eagerly awaiting. Senior Minister (security cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said barbershops, hair salons and beauty parlours would be allowed to open for business from June 10. Ismail Sabri said many people had been waiting for barbershops and hair salons to reopen despite conflicting views from the public.

37 new cases, 25 recoveries, one death

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The Health Ministry registered 37 new cases of Covid-19 as of noon today, bringing the tally of infections in the country to 8,303. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new cases raised the total number of active cases to 1,552. "Out of the total 37 new cases, eight are imported and 29 are local. Of the 29 cases, 19 are foreigners and 10 are Malaysians," he said at his daily press conference here today. Dr Noor Hisham said 25 cases had recovered and discharged today, raising the cumulative number of recovered cases to 6,635 or 79.9 per cent.

Barbers, hair salons can reopen on June 10

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The government has given the green light for barbers and hair salon operators to resume operations from June 10 onwards. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made after taking into account the sector's contribution to the country's GDP at RM13.5 billion a year. "Among the activities allowed include basic haircuts, basic hair wash, shaving, makeup and hair treatment, manicure and pedicure as well as facial treatment," he told a press conference today.

No news on MCO being lifted or extended

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Everyone was waiting with bated breath for not just details on the economic recovery plan, but also whether there would be an extension to the conditional movement control order (MCO). However, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin made no mention of the conditional MCO when he unveiled the economic recovery plan yesterday. One of his aides said the Prime Minister wanted to only focus on informing the public on what the economic recovery plan entailed.

Charges for transport services to school may increase

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Left with little choice, parents – especially those who are working – will continue to rely on transport operators even if fees are increased as a result of the social distancing guidelines in vehicles. Some parents may also opt to ferry their children by themselves while in rural areas, students tend to walk or cycle to school, said Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education chairman Mak Chee Kin.

RM5,000 allocation to help nurseries carry out new healthcare SOP

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The childcare subsidy in the Pelan Jana Semula Ekonomi Negara (Penjana) will help support working parents and nurseries in adapting to the new normal. Association of Registered Childcare Providers Malaysia president Anisa Ahmad said the one-off grant of up to RM5,000 per registered childcare centre (taska) would help them carry out important new healthcare standard operating procedure (SOP).

Malaysia records first Covid-19 fatality since May 22, 19 new cases

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Malaysia recorded its first Covid-19 fatality since May 22, Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in his daily briefing today. He said 19 new Covid-19 cases were recorded today, bringing the total figure to 8,266 cases. “The National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) also recorded one death yesterday, which is the first casualty in the past 14 days. The case involved a 61-year-old male Malaysian who had a history of diabetes, hypertension and kidney cancer. “He was hospitalised at Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Hospital in Kluang, Johor on May 29 and was pronounced dead yesterday at 10.20pm,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

PM to announce short-term economic recovery plan on Friday (June 5)

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While awaiting the government’s decision to extend or lift the conditional movement control order, which expires this Tuesday (June 9), Malaysians will look forward to an announcement on the Short-term Economic Recovery Plan in a special message by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) on Friday (June 5). The special message by the Prime Minister will be broadcast live at 3 pm by local television stations and social media networks.

277 new cases; 270 from Bkt Jalil detention centre

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Malaysia recorded 277 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (June 4), bringing the total number of infections to 8,247 cases. Only two were imported cases, while the others were local transmissions. Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the local transmissions involved 271 foreigners and four Malaysians. He said 270 of the cases were from the Bukit Jalil detention centre. He added that the country saw no Covid-19 deaths for the 13th consecutive day. The death toll remains at 115.