One locality in Sabah and three in Pahang will be placed under enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from July 23.
In Sabah, Taman Merpati in Sandakan will be placed under EMCO while in Pahang, Felda Jengka 12 in Jerantut, Kampung Belangkap in Rompin and Kampung Orang Asli Ruai in Raub are affected.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the order would be in place for 14 days until Aug 5.
"Information on standard operating procedures for EMCO areas are available on the National Security Council website," he said on Wednesday (July 21).
Malaysia recorded 11,985 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (July 21), bringing the cumulative total to 951,884.
Selangor recorded the highest number of cases at 5,550 followed by Kuala Lumpur (1,174) and Kedah (800).
There are 18 new Covid-19 clusters in the country, 13 of which are linked to the workplace, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
The Health director-general said with the new addition, the country has recorded 3,299 clusters since the beginning of the pandemic.
Out of the 13 new workplace clusters, four are in Selangor, three in Johor, two in Kuala Lumpur and one each in Kelantan, Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Terengganu.
“There were also 93 new Covid-19 related deaths, 31 of which were recorded in Selangor,” he said.
Medical data from vaccine use showed that both Sinovac and Pfizer vaccines are equally effective against Covid-19, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
In a Facebook post today, Noor Hisham said that on July 7, the New England Journal of Medicine published a report on the Sinovac experience in Chile from February to May 2021 on 4.2 million fully vaccinated individuals compared to 5.5 million unvaccinated residents, with the study also having documented 218,784 Covid-19 cases.
“Sinovac was found to reduce Covid-19 infection by 65.9 per cent, reduce hospitalisation by 87.5 per cent, reduce intensive care unit (ICU) admission by 90.3 per cent and reduce deaths by 86.3 per cent,” he said.
Malaysia recorded 12,366 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (July 20), bringing the cumulative total to 939,899.
In a tweet, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor recorded the highest number of cases at 5,524, followed by Kuala Lumpur (1,580) and Negri Sembilan (970).
Police have nabbed 541 individuals for various standard operating procedure (SOP) 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 which did not follow SOP.
Of those arrested on Sunday (July 18), 492 individuals were slapped with compound notices, 20 were remanded and 29 were released on bail.
The task force monitoring SOP compliance had checked 83,710 premises on Sunday.
Twenty-seven localities in Terengganu, Sabah and Pahang will come under 14-day Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from July 21 to Aug 3.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made after the National Security Council special meeting was briefed by the Health Ministry on the localities' Covid-19 risk assessments and infection trends.
In Terengganu, the two localities in Kemaman's Bandi sub-district are Bandar Cheneh Baru and Felda Neram 2 while those in the Kuala Dungin district are Kampung Sungai Buaya, Kampung Tanah Lot, Kampung Lembah, Kampung Padang Jambu, Kampung Nibong, Kampung Chatak Tengah, Kampung Molek, Kampung Bijangga, Kampung Sungai Udang and Kampung Sungai Penaga.
Malaysia lost 129 people to Covid-19 today in a sombre prelude to Hari Raya Haji holiday that falls tomorrow.
Of these, 118 were Malaysian citizens, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.
“The 129 fatalities for today include 80 men and 49 women. 13 of them were classified as Brought in Dead,” he added.
The highest number of deaths is in Selangor at 61, followed by Kedah with 14 and KL at 11.
Though a vast majority of the 10,972 new Covid-19 cases are not serious, the percentage of patients who need treatment in hospital can still overwhelm the public healthcare system, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
According to the Health director-general, about 98.5% of the new cases reported on Monday (July 19) were mild or asymptomatic.
There were 6,337 asymptomatic cases (57.8% of the total), while 4,464 cases (40.7%) displayed mild symptoms.
However, Dr Noor Hisham noted that patients belonging to Categories 3, 4, and 5 had to be admitted to hospitals.
A majority of the 10,972 Covid-19 infection cases today are either asymptomatic or displaying light symptoms, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
In a series of tweets, he said that 6,337 cases or 57.8 per cent of today’s total are in Category One, while 4,464 cases or 40.7 per cent are in Category Two.
“Meanwhile 103 cases or 0.9 per cent today fall in Category Three which is pneumonia, 42 cases or 0.4 per cent in Category Four which requires oxygen assistance, and 26 cases or 0.2 per cent are in critical condition requiring the use of ventilators,” Dr Noor Hisham said.
Malaysia recorded 10,972 new Covid-19 infections on Monday (July 19), bringing the total number of cases in the country since the pandemic began to 927,533.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, in a tweet Monday, that Selangor still accounted for the most number of new cases with 4,404 infections.
Negri Sembilan was the only other state to report new cases in four figures, with 1,340 new Covid-19 infections.
Malaysia today recorded its highest number of Covid-19 daily fatalities with 153 deaths reported over a 24-hour period.
This is the seventh consecutive day where the country recorded more than 100 fatalities. Yesterday, Covid-19 claimed 138 lives, while on Friday, there were 115 deaths. On Thursday, there were 110 deaths, following Wednesday (118), Tuesday (125) and Monday (102).
In a statement today, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 82 deaths were recorded in Selangor, 17 in Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan (14), Johor (10), Kedah (eight), Pahang (six), Melaka (five), Sabah, Penang and Putrajaya (two each), and one each in Terengganu, Sarawak, Kelantan, Perak, and Labuan.