Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

Temperature checks, eating in class during recess to be the new normal when schools reopen, says Education Minister

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Temperature screening before entering the school compound and eating in the classroom during recess are among the new normal practices students need to adopt when schools reopen. Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the guidelines stipulated that teachers will carry out body temperature checks when students enter school compounds and if they showed any symptoms, further action would be taken.

No decision yet on CMCO

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The public will be informed if the conditional movement control order (MCO), which ends on Tuesday, will be extended or lifted, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister (Security) said there had not been any discussion on the matter yet.

93 new cases, 61 discharged, no new deaths

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The Health Ministry recorded 93 new Covid-19 cases today, increasing the tally to 7,970 cases in the country. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 91 out of the 93 cases involved foreigners and the remaining two were local cases. "Of the 91 cases, 55 were from the Bukit Jalil Immigration Detention Depot, and 36 were from the Pedas cluster," he said at his daily press conference today. Dr Noor Hisham said the number of active cases in the country stood at 1,324. They have since been isolated and treated. He added that 61 more patients have been cured and discharged, bringing the total to 6,531 cases (81.9 per cent) nationwide.

Guidelines on reopening schools to be distributed Thursday (June 4), says Education Minister

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The school reopening management guidelines will be distributed Thursday (June 4) to allow schools and teachers to make appropriate preparations, says Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin. The Education Minister said detailed guidelines for the movement of students in the school compound, from the time they arrive until they leave for home, were formulated in collaboration with the Health Ministry and the National Security Council (MKN).

New normal in the job market

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It will be convocation season soon but the scrolls fresh graduates have earned is unlikely to be enough to open doors in a Covid-19 ravaged economy. Finding work will be challenging for youths in this current economic climate, associations say, but there are ways to gain a competitive edge in the job market. Employers need a skilled workforce to meet new demands of industries after Covid-19 forcibly changed the world of work, said the Malaysian National Federation of Youth Workers (FKPB) secretary-general Mohd Rizan Hassan.

Call TNB if unclear about electricity bills, public told

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Customers who are unclear about their electricity bills incurred during the movement control order (MCO) period can reach out to Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) for clarification. According to TNB chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, customers who need further explanation could visit the nearest Kedai Tenaga or call the TNB CareLine at 1-300-88-5454 (not toll-free).

Spike in electricity bills due to MCO

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Many Malaysians are either working from home, or spending more time there, during the movement control order (MCO) period, says Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) chairman chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.This resulted in significant increase in domestic electricity bills in the last few months, he said. Meanwhile, Bernama reported that Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, had met with the TNB management and was briefed on the method used to calculate electricity bills. He said the utility company did not overcharge consumers during the MCO period.

20 new cases, no deaths for 11th straight day

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Malaysia recorded 20 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (June 2), bringing the total number of infections to 7,877 cases. Health Ministry director-general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the 20 new cases, 15 were imported. He said the 15 imported cases were of infections that happened abroad, while the five locally transmitted cases involved three foreigners and two Malaysians. He added that the country saw no Covid-19 deaths for the 11th consecutive day, keeping the death toll at 115.

Childcare centres get green light to reopen from June 2

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Registered childcare centres (taska) have been given permission to operate beginning Tuesday (June 2), says Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said while 304 childcare centres had already been given permission earlier to operate, now another remaining 6,696 centres had also been given the green light. The decision came about after the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry came out with satisfactory and comprehensive standard operating procedures (SOPs) for childcare centres, said Ismail.

Health DG: We’re facing new challenge

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The country faces a new challenge of preventing a spike in the number of Covid-19 infections among foreign workers, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. He said the rise in the number of infections was detected in late April based on forecast models by the National Institute of Health (NIH). “A drastic rise in cases started on April 29 due to imported cases from abroad, from Covid-19 infections among foreigners at several Immigration detention depots and also from foreign workers in several sectors."

Community immunity survey soon

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The Health Ministry will be conducting a community immunity survey in due time to find out how many of the population have been exposed to Covid-19, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Health director-general said the move was proposed because most cases that had been detected were found to be asymptomatic. “This is another issue that has been discussed – perhaps in time we will do a community survey of immunity in terms of how many of our population have been exposed (to the virus). But so far, it (the exposure) is a very low 0.1% to 0.2%,” he said during his daily press briefing on Covid-19 yesterday.

Malaysia records 38 new Covid-19 cases, no deaths today

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Malaysia recorded 38 new Covid-19 infection cases today, 26 of which are considered imported cases affecting people who were infected abroad, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH). In his daily media briefing today, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said 51 patients have recovered and were discharged from hospitals today, bringing the total number of discharged persons to 6,404. No new deaths were recorded up till noon today. “Until 12pm of June 1, there are 38 new cases reported, and this puts the number of Covid-19 positive cases in Malaysia at 7,857,” Dr Noor Hisham said. He added that of today’s 12 new cases involving local transmission, six of the infected are Malaysians and the other half involved foreigners.

27 Kedai Tenaga reopen today

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Twenty-seven Kedai Tenaga in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Negri Sembilan are reopening today to enable customers to get a detailed explanation of bill adjustment. Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) said customers in the two states and the city would receive their actual bill today, following the recommencement of meter reading, which had been put on hold since the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Most construction projects remain close despite eased restrictions under CMCO

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Over 4,000 construction projects have remained shut despite being among the earliest sectors to reopen under the conditional movement control order (CMC), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob revealed today. The large number of developers opting to remain shut, as concern of mounting cost and supply disruptions render most to halt operations and remain cautious until the post-Covid-19 recovery begins.

57 new Covid-19 cases

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The Health Ministry registered 57 new cases of Covid-19 as of noon today, bringing the tally of infections in the country to 7,819. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the number of active cases was now 1,351. "Out of the total new cases, 10 are imported cases and 47 are local transmission. "Of the local transmission cases, 43 are foreigners, with 24 cases detected at the Immigration Detention Depot (DTI) in Sepang. "Another 15 cases were detected in Pahang, including three clusters of foreign workers, while another two cases from the Kampung Sungai Lui and Pudu clusters, respectively.

ATM operating hours return to normal tomorrow

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Automated Teller Machines' (ATM) restricted operating hours of between 8am and 8pm nationwide during the Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will be lifted from tomorrow. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said ATMs' operating hours will revert to normal across the country from Monday, as per banks' practices. The operating hours had been restricted as part of the government's efforts to break the Covid-19 infection chain.

‘M’sia in final phase of recovery’

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Malaysia is in the final phase of recovery following the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) which has successfully reduced the number of new Covid-19 cases. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the implementation of the conditional MCO since May 4 had also reduced the infectivity rate or R-Naught (R0) to 0.3, compared with 0.6 during the MCO period.

It’s a go for married couples

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Married couples living apart in different states will be allowed to travel between states starting tomorrow, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said interstate travel would also be allowed for work, medical reasons and emergencies, during the conditional movement control order (MCO) period. “The decision was made during a Special Ministers’ Meeting after consulting the police.

Further easing of curbs likely

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The Health Ministry will recommend the opening up of more economic sectors such as social, sports and education, provided the number of Covid-19 cases remain low, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. In highlighting the positive impact of the conditional movement control order (MCO), the Health director-general commended Malaysians for their high social discipline.

Dr Noor Hisham: Only 30 new Covid-19 cases recorded today, 10 are Malaysians

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The country continues its downward trajectory of Covid-19 infections with only 30 cases reported in the last 24-hour period until noon today, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. He said this brings the total number of cases in Malaysia to 7,762, with 1,317 cases still classified as active. “Of the 30 cases today, three are imported cases where the infections occurred abroad. Of the 27 local transmissions, 17 cases involve non-Malaysians, while only 10 cases are Malaysians,” Dr Noor Hisham said during his daily Covid-19 press briefing.

Lack of nutrition the culprit

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Some of the major health problems faced by Malaysians are to do with nutrition, as a Health Ministry survey shows that the country is battling both diabetes in adults and stunting among children. The newly launched National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2019 showed that nearly one in five Malaysian adults, or 18.3%, had diabetes. The survey found that an estimated 3.9 million Malaysians aged 18 and above were suffering from diabetes, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

31 immigration depots to be sanitised by firemen

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The Fire and Rescue Department plans to embark on massive disinfection and sanitisation exercise involving 31 immigration detention depots nationwide. However, the department is waiting for the green light from the Health Ministry and Immigration Department before doing so. Johor tops the list with six immigration depots, followed by Pahang (four) and three each in Penang, Sarawak, Negri Sembilan and Selangor. Others include Putrajaya (two), and one each in Perlis, Kedah, Terengganu, Kelantan, Melaka, Perak and Kuala Lumpur.

174 non-Muslim houses of worship allowed to open from June 10

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A total of 174 non-Muslim houses of worship have been allowed to resume operations from June 10 according to the Standard Operating Procedure for Houses of Worship in Green Zones. In a statement issued today, the Ministry of National Unity said their applications were approved according to the requirements of the SOP such as the maximum number of 30 attendees, subject to the size of the premises.

Select students can return to campus, says ministry

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Postgraduate students required to conduct research on campus can resume their work with immediate effect. However, this is confined to those who need to be physically present in laboratories, workshops, design studios or need to use specific equipment available only on campus. In a statement yesterday, the Higher Education Ministry said these students could return to campus despite the conditional movement control order (MCO). Freshmen for the 2020/2021 session will also be allowed to begin their studies on campus.

Schools at the ready, teachers raring to go back

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Almost all schools are ready to reopen after closing for over two months under the movement control order (MCO). Most schools have already started cleaning and preparing according to guidelines provided by the Education Ministry. The guidelines address matters like the number of students in each class, screening of students when they enter the school compound, social distancing in classrooms, dining halls and hostels, as well as the dos and don’ts.

Just 15 new cases, no new deaths

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Malaysia reported 15 more Covid-19 cases and zero deaths on Wednesday, the lowest daily figure since the movement control order (MCO) was enforced on Mar 18. This takes the total number of infections in the country to 7,619 cases. Out of the 15 cases, six are imported while nine are local transmissions. Of the nine, four were non-Malaysians, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced at the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 media briefing Wednesday evening (May 27).

DG: Focus shifts to migrants

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The fight against Covid-19 is now focused on migrants as the bulk of new cases involved foreigners at Immigration detention centres and construction sites, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. From now on, all new detainees entering the Immigration detention centres will be screened for Covid-19. He said this following a rise in Covid-19 cases at three Immigration detention centres in Bukit Jalil, Semenyih and Sepang.

Dr Noor Hisham: 187 new Covid-19 cases today, with only four local transmissions among Malaysians

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Malaysia has recorded 187 new Covid-19 cases today, of which only four were local transmissions between Malaysians, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said. Out of the 187 cases, 10 were imported cases, of which seven were Malaysians and the remaining three were permanent residency status holders, while 173 local cases involved non-Malaysians, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,448. Of the 173 local transmissions involving foreigners, 155 were detected at the Bukit Jalil immigration detention depots and 13 from the Cheras security guard cluster.