A more concerted effort is being made to improve the registration rate of the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP).
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister (Mosti) Khairy Jamaluddin said community outreach programme was being carried out, in addition to the existing means of registration like MySejahtera app.
"We can see a stable rate of registration, with about two million out of nine million people in the phase two, namely, senior citizens, individuals with comorbidities and the disabled, have registered so far.
"Door-to-door registration drives are being carried out with the cooperation of other agencies like Nadma (the National Disaster Management Agency), Civil Defence Force, district office and state governments," he said in a Press conference via Zoom today.
Police have arrested 44 individuals who violated standard operating procedures, including for not observing social distancing.
Those who committed the violations were 39 individuals and other offences include failure to register customers details (3), cross border travel without permission (1) and for not wearing face mask (1).
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said that 64,528 checks were carried out by the task force monitoring SOP compliance in Sunday (March 28).
This include 5,635 restaurants, supermarkets (4,712), banks (3,895), hawkers (2,633), wet markets (2,408), factories (2,182) and government offices (740).
The best method or approach to tackling the spread of Covid-19 infection in the community is to ensure that the community itself steps up efforts in playing the role of frontliners, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic).
The Prime Minister stressed that until the Covid-19 vaccinations reached the stipulated target, the country would continue to face a tough period in combating the pandemic because the number of cases is still high although there is a decline in new positive cases.
He said efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 would not be able to achieve its goal if it is not supported by everyone.
Malaysia recorded 941 Covid-19 cases on Monday (March 29), bringing the cumulative total to 342,885.
In the same 24-hour period, there were five fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,260.
There were also 1,097 recoveries, which means 327,406 have recovered from the disease nationwide.
There are still 166 patients in intensive care units, with 73 requiring ventilation support.
107 people were nabbed for flouting the movement control order's standard operating procedures (SOP) yesterday.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 89 were slapped with compounds while the remaining 18 individuals were remanded.
Activities at entertainment outlets topped the list of offences and accounted for 75 cases.
"The other offences comprised failure to adhere to physical distancing (24), two business operators not providing proper equipment or entry logs for patrons to record their details and the remaining six for other offences," he said in a statement today.
The government must allow private medical centres and private clinics to purchase Covid-19 vaccines to inoculate those who can afford to pay.
Alliance for Safe Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said this would expedite Malaysia's target of immunising 80 per cent of its population and achieve herd immunity by February 2022.
It would also reduce the period of stress and anxiety that is now enveloping the nation, he said.
He said should private healthcare facilities be roped in, it could help tackle the long waiting period for those who are not in the critical category of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) today proposed for the MySejahtera to be made the official application for Covid-19 RT-PCR and RTK Antigen test results' certification.
Its president Datuk Dr M Subramaniam said MMA believed this would be most practical as one of the application's main features was to provide the user's latest Covid-19 exposure status.
He said Covid-19 test results certification generated via MySejahtera would also prevent issues such as fake certificates and middlemen attempting to capitalise on the Covid-19 situation in the country.
"For uniformity and consistency, the government should use only one system to record and store individual's Covid-19 data throughout the pandemic. Currently, the laboratories processing the RT PCR test samples use the Sistem Informasi Makmal Kesihatan Awam (SIMKA) system to report the test results to the Health Ministry.
More than 1,400 vaccination centres will be set up nationwide under Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, including at selected private hospitals and clinics, said Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim.
Ahmad Amzad said in a statement today, individuals who were scheduled to get the vaccine injection at private hospitals or clinics would not have to pay any charges as the charges would be borne by the government.
Large-scale vaccination centres such as the Bukit Jalil Stadium would be set up in densely-populated locations, he added.
As of Saturday (March 27), some 448,187 individuals in the country have received Covid-19 vaccinations under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, says Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
The Health Minister said of the total, 448,187 individuals had received the first dose of the vaccine while 118,013 people had completed the full vaccination regimen.
The information was shared on his official Twitter account via two infographics Sunday (March 28).
Selangor recorded the highest number of individuals who have received the first dose at 63,675, followed by Perak (49,545), Sabah (42,018), Kuala Lumpur (39,633), Sarawak (36,972), Johor (34,000), Pahang (33,463), Penang (31,802), Kedah (26,316), Negeri Sembilan (22,212), Terengganu (20,503), Kelantan (19,812), Melaka (11,672), Perlis (9,533), Putrajaya (4,695) and Labuan (2,347).
Malaysia recorded 1,302 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (March 28), bringing the cumulative total to 341,944.
In a tweet, the Health Ministry said within the same 24-hour period, there were four fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,255.
Another 1,127 patients were discharged from medical facilities nationwide, which means a total of 326,309 people have recovered from the disease.
At present, there are 14,380 active cases in the country.
The police nabbed 80 individuals yesterday for violating the movement restriction standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said of these, 79 were slapped with compounds and the remaining one was remanded.
He said among the violations were for not providing equipment to record customer details (26 cases), entertainment centre activities (24), failure to practice physical distancing (16), traveling interstate and inter-district without permission (nine), not wearing face masks (four) and one other.
"The compliance operation task force led by the police yesterday had conducted 68,389 inspections to monitor and enforce the SOP.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today called on the people to immediately register for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
He said the public should take advantage of the immunisation programme that provides Covid-19 vaccines free of charge.
The Prime Minister said the public should not be afraid of getting vaccinated, as he himself and wife Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman have completed their vaccination recently.
"I would like to call on all the people, including those in Pagoh to get themselves vaccinated. My wife and I have completed the two doses of the vaccines... look, we are still the same (in good health).