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).
National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) has assured parents that schools nationwide have been adhering strictly to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) implemented by the Education Ministry.
Its president Aminuddin Awang said this following report that 41 Covid-19 clusters were linked to educational institutions since January, he assured that no schools were found to be the source of the outbreak.
"We have representatives from the education department who monitor the SOP adherence in schools.
"There are about one or two schools that had their classes closed after Covid-19 cases were detected there, but it would be unfair to close over 10,000 schools throughout the country," he said when contacted today.
The Health Ministry today announced that 1,199 new Covid-19 cases were identified today, with Selangor still registering the highest number of new cases, at 283.
In a tweet, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that Sarawak comes in second with the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases today with 267, followed by Kelantan with 138 cases.
“The remaining states registering new cases are Penang (125), Kuala Lumpur (84), Johor (81), Sabah (64), Negri Sembilan (43), Melaka (36), Kedah (33), Pahang (30), Perak (nine), Terengganu (three), Labuan (two) and Putrajaya (one),” he said.
The AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine does not contain any animal driven product or restricted material, said Malaysia’s Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
Dr Adham said AstraZeneca has provided a statement to declare that AZD1222 does not contain any animal driven product and all excipients have vegetable origin.
AZD1222 also does not contain any of the restricted materials - porcine-derived material, gelatin of porcine animal origin, animal-derived glycerin, stearic acid, lactose, products derived from shellfish or non-scaly fish, and wheat starch, he said in a statement today.
A total of 13 new Covid-19 clusters were detected on Friday (March 26), with 11 of them linked to workplaces, while two were community-based.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said three clusters were located in Johor, while two clusters were reported in Selangor, Sabah, Kelantan, Sarawak and Penang respectively.
A total of 22 cases have been detected in the Tapak Bina Jalan Atmosphere cluster in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, while 65 cases have been reported at the Tapak Bina Sungai Emas cluster in Kuala Langat.
Malaysia recorded 1,275 Covid-19 cases, on Friday (March 26), bringing the cumulative total to 339,443.
In the same 24-hour period, there was death, bringing the death toll to 1,249.
There were also 1,509 recoveries, which means 323,925 have recovered from the disease nationwide.
There are still 161 patients in intensive care units, with 70 requiring ventilation support.
Authorities have arrested 54 individuals for violating standard operating procedures (SOP).
Of those nabbed on Thursday (March 25), police issued compounds on 53 individuals, while one was remanded.
Among the violations were failure to register customers' details (25), not wearing face masks (17), travel without police permission (6) and no social distancing (5).
The task force monitoring SOP compliance checked 66,274 premises on Thursday including banks, factories, transport terminals and places of worship.
The conditional movement control order in Sarawak will be extended by a further two weeks to mid-April.
The state disaster management committee said the decision was made after reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the state.
"As the number of positive cases remains high, the conditional MCO will be extended from 12.01am on March 30 to 11.59pm on April 12," it said in a statement on Friday (March 26).
Sarawak reported 213 new cases on Friday, taking the state's tally of confirmed cases to 15,176.
There have been 41 Covid-19 clusters originating from the schools and universities since January, resulting in 2,268 positive cases so far.
In his daily Covid-19 update, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 1,058 of the positive cases came from outbreaks at institutes of higher learning.
The rest were from secondary schools (631 cases), preschools and primary schools (419), and others (120).
“In the past three months, the 41 clusters from the education sector include 15 from higher education centres, 11 from secondary schools, 10 from preschools and primary schools, as well as five clusters involving tahfiz centres and madrasah.
The setting of a deadline for Covid-19 vaccine registration will enable the government to plan better on vaccine procurement and speed up the national immunisation programme, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang.
Without a deadline, the people might delay their registration and cause a last-minute rush, he said.
“We need to make good planning so that we know how many doses we need to buy for everyone,” he said when met after a Malaysia Prihatin programme here today.
He was asked to comment on Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s recent statement that the government was considering a deadline for Covid-19 vaccine registration to achieve its target of vaccinating 80 per cent of the population for herd immunity.
The government’s RM10 million fund allocation to compensate those who experience severe side effects from the Covid-19 vaccine will help bolster public confidence and trust, said the Malaysian Health Coalition (MHC).
However, MHC said the management of the fund must be transparent to safeguard the public trust, and there should be clarity on the compensation eligibility and application for reimbursement should they require additional medical care post-vaccination.
“The government must include these details in their vaccine communications to demystify the vaccination process and combat hesitancy.
People who are considered as economic frontliners will be the additional group included in the second phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the addition in phase two, which was initially intended only for senior citizens aged 60 and above as well as high-risk groups, is due to the low number of registrations for the vaccines.
Khairy, who is the coordinating minister for the programme, however, said its second phase will still emphasise on the high-risk and vulnerable groups.
“The elderly, high-risk groups, the disabled and those with chronic illness will still be prioritised in the second phase, ’’ Khairy told a press conference at the Selangor state secretariat on Thursday (March 25).