Malaysia discharged 23,473 Covid-19 patients on Thursday (Sept 2), a new daily record.
It was also the second day in a row that Covid-19 recoveries outnumbered new cases, with 20,988 recorded.
Active Covid-19 cases went down to 262,540 from 265,274 on Wednesday (Sept 1).
In his daily Covid-19 statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 249 deaths were recorded.
This brings the country's Covid-19 death toll to 17,191.
The Health Ministry has detected 31 new Covid-19 clusters, of which 17 are workplace-related outbreaks.
It said workplace clusters have produced at least 793 positive cases.
A construction site at Jalan Datin Halimah in Johor Baru is the biggest new cluster reported on Thursday (Sept 2), with 223 confirmed cases to date.
The cluster was identified from a targeted screening exercise conducted on some 420 workers of the construction site.
The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be enforced at six localities in Pahang and two in Sabah for 14 days from Sept 4 till 17, National Security Council (MKN) director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said.
In Pahang, the EMCO will affect three Orang Asli villages, Kampung Kuala Terbol, Kampung Pian and Kampung Lubok Wong in Temerloh; Penor Prison and Pinggiran Goh kongsi house in Kuantan as well as Sempalit in Raub.
In Sabah, the affected areas are Taman Keramat and Angkasa Apartment in Kota Kinabalu.
The EMCO at two Orang Asli villages, Kampung Batang and Kampung Blau in Gua Musang, Kelantan as well as the Bentong Prison Complex, Pahang, including its quarters that was scheduled to end tomorrow have been extended till Sept 17.
Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) and Selayang Hospital today each received 200 essential oxygen concentrators and other life-saving equipment from the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
HKL director Dr Rohana Johan said these items would assist patients who contracted the virus and were undergoing post-Covid-19 rehabilitation treatment at home or suffering from other respiratory infections.
"These patients require oxygen concentrators to help them live normally and to receive treatment at home instead of being hospitalised after having acute Covid-19 infection.
The country recorded 249 deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll since the pandemic began to 17,191.
From the total, 80 were Brought-in-Dead (BID) cases involving 46 Malaysians and 34 foreigners.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor reported the highest number of deaths at 61 with 33 BID cases.
He said 1,417 patients were currently receiving treatment in intensive care units (ICU). This figure includes 1,001 confirmed Covid-19 cases, and 416 suspected cases and those under investigation.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced tonight that location tracking smart app MySejahtera will make it easier for users to access the status displays for risk level and vaccination status in its new update that is slated to roll out tonight.
He posted on his Twitter that the smart app will be regularly refreshed with more updates and improvements in the future.
“The @my_sejahtera team will push a new build tonight making it easier for people to display their risk level and vaccination status — this will ease living with Covid, together.
“Will further update and improve the app over the coming weeks,” he said.
Health director-general (DG) Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has received the International Surgical Fellowship Award from the International Society of Surgery (ISS).
He received the recognition during “The Virtual Surgical Week” (VSW 2021), which is from August 30 until tomorrow.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin shared the good news on his Twitter account.
“Congratulations @DGHisham on the recognition of the ‘International Surgical Society Fellowship Award’. It is also a recognition for Malaysia. Well done!,” he said.
The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) is ready to assist efforts to combat Covid-19 in five states with high infection rates, says Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pic).
The Senior Minister said efforts to manage and remedy the situation at the five states - Sabah, Johor, Kedah, Penang and Kelantan - will be a priority for the MAF.
"As I mentioned previously, among the main thrust of the MAF is to fulfil the national agenda in combating the virus.
"The MAF has sufficient infrastructure, assets and expertise and is ready to be deployed at any time," he told a press conference at the Defence Ministry on Thursday (Sept 2).
Covid-19 patients undergoing quarantine at home must never fail to monitor their health progress and report signs of worsening conditions.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this was important to curb the rise in brought-in-dead (BID) cases, as the government continues its focus on ramping up testing and vaccination of the people.
Khairy said those undergoing home quarantine should be disciplined in monitoring their daily health progress and look out for signs of worsening health conditions.
"Some of the BID cases were initially in Category 1 and 2, but somehow within a short period of time, they in Category 5.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today gave his assurances that schools will be safe for students following the government's intensifying vaccination drive.
As such, he said teachers and the school support staff including clerical, food (canteen) and security would be vaccinated.
"We have 412,000 teachers with 96.5 per cent having at least received their first dose, and 83.5 per cent have completed both doses.
"As for the support staff, 84.8 per cent have received at least their first dose, while 68.8 have completed both doses.
Malaysia should be able to move from the Covid-19 pandemic into an endemic phase by the end of October.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said with 80 per cent of the population expected to be vaccinated by then, the country would need to learn to live with the virus.
He said it would take two more months to have 80 per cent of the population vaccinated.
"In the case of Labuan and to a lesser extent, Sarawak – they are already in an endemic phase. So I can say by then, we will reach a phase where we can start living with the virus.