All adults in Malaysia are expected to be fully vaccinated by October under a new immunisation target set by the government to stem the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said the fast-track approach in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) includes boosting the capacity for vaccination rate to 500,000 doses per day, to tackle the emergence of new variants of the virus which are more vicious.
“Vaccination is the main key to our success in combating Covid-19. Under the original schedule, 80 per cent of the residents in Malaysia will get the full doses of the vaccine by the first quarter of 2022.
“Then the target date was subsequently brought forward to December 2021. Now, the vaccination programme target (date) has been further speeded up,” he said in a statement posted on his Facebook today.
The Covid-19 infectivity rate (Rt) in the country now stands at 1.18, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
The Health director-general also said that Terengganu recorded the highest infectivity rate at 1.31 while Kuala Lumpur and Selangor's infectivity rate is currently at 1.19 and 1.17 respectively and
Perlis recorded an infectivity rate of 0.
The Rt value refers to the average number of people that a person who has the coronavirus has infected.
All public and private vaccine dispensing centres (PPVs) in the Klang Valley will continue operating, even during the upcoming Hari Raya Aidiladha on Tuesday (July 20), says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
He said the effort to vaccinate as many people as possible would result in a meaningful and one-of-its-kind “korban” (sacrifice) by those involved at all PPVs on the day.
“This is in support of our target to vaccinate at least one dose of the vaccine to all residents in the Klang Valley by Aug 1.
“All public and private PPVs will not close on Hari Raya Haji on July 20,” he told The Star on Saturday (July 17).
Dr Adham added that all PPVs would remain open during weekends.
Schools will reopen in stages for face-to-face classes from Sept 1, says the Education Ministry.
The Ministry added that home-based teaching and learning will continue until Aug 31, adding that this applies to all government schools, government aided schools, private schools and educational institutions registered with them.
However, this ruling is subject to change depending on the latest risk assessments by the Health Ministry and National Security Council.
“The ministry will inform further details on the reopening of schools for face-to-face learning at least one week before schools open,” it added.
Malaysia recorded 12,528 new cases, bringing the nation's cumulative total to 905,851.
In a tweet on Saturday, (July 17), Health director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor recorded 4,985 cases, the highest among all states.
This was followed by Kuala Lumpur (1,740 cases), Negeri Sembilan (1,280) and Sabah (647).
A record high of 37 new Covid-19 clusters were recorded on Friday (July 16).
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were now a total of 893 active clusters in the country.
He said of the 37 new clusters, 19 were detected at the workplace while eight were linked to community transmission.
Another four were detected at detention centres, three were linked to high-risk groups and the remaining three were linked to educational centres, he said.
A total of 416 individuals were detained for violating Covid-19 standard operating procedures on Thursday (July 15), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).
The Deputy Prime Minister said compound notices were issued to 404 of them while 12 others were remanded.
"A total of 84,976 inspections were conducted nationwide on Thursday.
"We urge the people to comply with the SOP so that we can break the chain of infections," he said in a statement on Friday (July 16).
Malaysia’s decision to stop giving Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines is because the country will receive its completed delivery order by the end of July, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister dismissed speculations that the country’s decision was to do with concerns over the vaccine’s efficacy.
“We have truly finished using the supplies of Sinovac vaccines. Our orders have all been delivered by Pharmaniaga.
The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) imposed at 34 sub-districts in Selangor will end today.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a statement said the National Security Council (NSC) has agreed not to extend the EMCO in all sub-districts involved.
The decision was made following assessment by the Health Ministry on the situation.
The 34 sub-districts, placed under EMCO since July 3, was scheduled to end today.
Malaysia recorded 12,541 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (July 16), bringing the cumulative total to 893,323.
Selangor recorded the highest number of cases at 5,512, followed by Negri Sembilan (1,619) and Kuala Lumpur (1,542).
Case figures in other states are as follows: Johor (609 cases), Melaka (575), Kedah (458), Sarawak (423), Pahang (392), Penang (376), Sabah (326), Perak (299), Kelantan (225), Terengganu (102), Putrajaya (62), Labuan (24) and Perlis (seven).
A proper date will be announced soon when the federal government is ready to kickstart its Covid-19 walk-in vaccination for senior citizens in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin clarified that the walk-in programme for those aged 60 and above will not happen immediately.
“This is to enable the planning of this initiative to be finalised, such as logistics arrangements as well as the delivery of vaccine stock supplies at all PPVs.
Those over the age of 60 who have not received their Covid-19 vaccinations can soon walk into private clinics or private hospitals to receive their shots.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the initiative would be introduced in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur first before it is expanded to other states.