The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) today called on the relevant agencies to conduct immediate checks on workplaces and foreign workers’ dormitories nationwide, to mitigate fresh outbreaks of Covid-19 cases.
MTUC secretary-general J. Solomon said it was regrettable that MTUC’s calls have been ignored thus far with little or no monitoring in ensuring employers have enforced the guidelines and SOPs at workplaces.
The Health Ministry today explained that Hari Raya celebrations and trips across state borders are not why Malaysia’s daily number of new Covid-19 cases suddenly shot up yesterday to 172.
Yesterday’s new Covid-19 cases marks a break in three weeks of calm where the numbers were in two-digit region, and mostly below 60 cases, which also means that yesterday’s figure was the highest in three weeks.
A total of 214 motorists have been issued with compounds after they were stopped for attempting interstate travel without permission on the first day of Hari Raya.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who disclosed this yesterday, said another 14 were also fined for bypassing police roadblocks to get to their hometowns.
Police will issue a compound to those caught attempting to cross the Johor border without a permit, warns state police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.
“We will no longer allow them to turn back without issuing a compound as we have given ample reminders to the public,” he said.
Police received 69 applications for interstate travel on the first day of Hari Raya but only 20 were approved, he said.
Malaysia reported 172 more Covid-19 cases on Monday (May 25), bringing the country’s total infections to 7,417.
This is the first time in three weeks that the number of reported cases have gone into three digits, with the bulk of them detected at three Immigration detention centres.
Of the 172 new cases, five were imported cases while 167 were local transmissions and of the local transmissions, 159 were detected among foreigners, with 112 cases at three Immigration detention centres.
With Covid-19 infection clusters emerging in three immigration detention centres, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has said that negative sentiments against detainees must not be amplified and must not be a catalyst for discrimination in saving lives.
The Health director-general said that the whole of government and whole community approach should work together to fight the virus.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) recorded 60 new Covid-19 cases today and no fatalities.
The MOH said that 33 patients were discharged today, bringing the total cumulative number of discharged patients to 5,945. Of the 60 cases recorded, seven are imported cases who contracted the disease abroad, while 53 are local infections involving 44 foreigners, with 27 cases detected at the immigration detention depot in Semenyih.
Another six Covid-19 cases among foreigners were detected at a separate depot. The new number of cases brings Malaysia’s Covid-19 cumulative infections to 7,245, with 1,185 active cases.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin once again stressed the importance of abiding by the Covid-19 preventative measures at all times during the Hari Raya celebrations.
For those who are joining congregational prayers in mosques and surau today, he reminded them to perform the ablution at home, abide by the temperature-taking requirement and bring their own prayer mats.
At the same time, Muhyiddin reminded people to practise social distancing during congregational prayers, saying that shaking hands with one another should be avoided.
Malaysia reported 48 more Covid-19 cases on Saturday (May 23), bringing the country’s total infections to 7,185.
Out of the 48 new cases, four were imported cases while the others were local transmissions, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah during the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 media briefing on Saturday (May 23).
Of the 44 local transmissions, 25 involved foreigners, with 21 of them detected at the Semenyih Immigration detention centre. Dr Noor Hisham also said 53 more patients had been discharged, which means 5,912 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in Malaysia since the outbreak began.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has tested negative for Covid-19 but will have to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.
This came after an officer, who was present during a post-Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, tested positive for the disease.
Early yesterday, Muhyiddin went for Covid-19 screening and the test came back negative.
Those who intend to visit their relatives on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri will not be allowed to stay overnight, reminds Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Senior Minister said an overnight visit was not part of the standard operating procedure for the Hari Raya celebrations during the conditional movement control order (MCO).
As Malaysians prepare to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri tomorrow, the public is reminded to be vigilant and adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP).
In expressing his concerns, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said data from other countries pointed to a drastic increase in Covid-19 cases during the festive period.
“The prevention of Covid-19 is not the sole responsibility of the government but also the community at large."
The risk of using alcohol-based hand sanitisers is low, say health experts.
Universiti Malaya public health medicine specialist Prof Dr Victor Hoe said there was danger if such sanitisers were not used according to recommendations.
He pointed out that using these sanitisers alone would not cause a person’s hands to burn when ignited.
Malaysia reported 78 more Covid-19 cases on Friday (May 22), bringing the country’s total infections to 7,137.
This is the first time in 10 days that the number of cases in a single day exceeded 50. Out of the 78 new cases, 25 were imported cases while the others were local transmissions, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced at the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 media briefing Friday afternoon.
There were also 25 more cases from the Bukit Jalil Immigration Depot cluster, in addition to the 35 announced the day before.
Those attempting unapproved balik kampung interstate travel will be ordered to turn back by the police – and slapped with compounds on the spot.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who announced that the “double whammy” was enforced yesterday, said that except for those who had received police permission to attend to emergencies, there would be no compromise on such travel.
He said the National Security Council decided that police could issue compound notices to motorists who were asked to turn back at roadblocks.
Malaysia reported 50 more Covid-19 cases on Thursday (May 21), bringing the country’s total infections to 7,059.
Out of the 50 cases, 34 involved detainees at the Bukit Jalil Immigration Depot.
“They have been under detention at the depot before the movement control order (MCO) was implemented on March 18, ” Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced at the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 media briefing Thursday evening (May 21).
Non-Muslim places of worship, located in green zones, are allowed to operate throughout the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period from June 10 onwards, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.
He said the decision was a result of consultations and agreements with non-Muslim religious leaders and was subject to stringent standard operating procedures (SOP). “Among them, the attendance should not be more than 30 devotees, depending on the size of the place of worship.
Health Ministry director-general (D-G) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today warned medical frontliners against abusing their privilege and status to make interstate travelling to ‘balik kampung’ for Hari Raya Aidilfitri. He also warned medical staff against using their department’s transportation for such purposes.
“If they are on leave, the rules apply to all. “They will be like other public members. No one can use departmental transport for personal reasons,” Dr Noor Hisham told Malay Mail.
The shooting of films, dramas and advertisements during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period will be allowed after Hari Raya, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said the green light for filming activities would start after Aidilfitri and production companies had to adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP) as stipulated by the National Security Council and the Health Ministry.
All those entering the country will have to bear the cost of mandatory quarantine and are to sign a letter agreeing to pay before they can make the trip to Malaysia, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Senior Minister said with the latest policy, Malaysians would pay half the cost of quarantine services while non-citizens, including spouses and family members of Malaysian citizens, had to bear the full cost.
It looks like more people are trying their luck to balik kampung for Hari Raya Aidilfitri despite knowing their journey will be barred despite repeated reminders that interstate travel is not allowed during the conditional movement control order (CMCO).
According to the police, 3,212 vehicles were stopped on Tuesday.
The government is urged to look into prevention and treatment strategies in the country's prisons immediately to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks like the ones taking place in prisons overseas.
Positive Malaysian Treatment Access and Advocacy Group (MTAAG+) director Edward Low said in an interview that no announcement had been made yet on the number of inmates tested for Covid-19 and there was concern that the Prisons Department does not have the capacity to test prisoners for the disease.
The Health Ministry has called on Malaysians to donate blood as the country’s blood bank stock is down by 40 per cent, as blood donation and collection efforts were nearly halved due to the movement control order (MCO).
In his daily Covid-19 press conference, its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham said that with elective surgeries coming back into operation, the country sorely needs more blood donors to adequately supply the hospitals.
Malaysia reported 31 more Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (May 20), bringing the country’s total number of infections to 7,009.
There were also no new deaths within the same 24-hour span, announced Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 media briefing on Wednesday evening.
Dr Noor Hisham also said 60 more patients have been discharged, which means 5,706 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in Malaysia since the outbreak began.
During a pandemic, the safest place for anyone should be his or her home. Unfortunately, for women with abusive spouses, their home is anything but a safe haven, more so during the movement control order (MCO) when they were homebound ... day in and day out. According to the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), cases of physical and emotional abuse have increased since the enforcement of the MCO on March 18.
The military is committed to working with the police to track down those who travel interstate without authorisation, says Jen Tan Sri Affendi Buang.
The Armed Forces chief said the teams would patrol housing areas and villages.
Those flying inter-state during this conditional movement control order (MCO) must obtain police permission or risk being turned away by the authorities and prevented from boarding their flights, warn the authorities.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said it was not just interstate travel by road that was prohibited; flying from the peninsula to Sabah and Sarawak was also not allowed.