Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

41 nabbed for violating SOP on Wednesday (March 24), majority were those who failed to record customers' details

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Police arrested 41 individuals for standard operating procedure violations, and the majority of the offenders were business premises owners who failed to record customers’ details. Twenty-four people were nabbed for committing the SOP violation on Wednesday (March 24) and other offences were failure to wear face masks (7), travelling without permission (5), no social distancing (2) and other offences (3). Of the 41 who were arrested, police issued compounds on 28 individuals while 13 others were remanded. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the task force monitoring SOP compliance had carried out 67,134 checks on March 24 at various locations nationwide.

1,360 new cases, Selangor still has highest numbers

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Malaysia recorded 1,360 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday (March 25), taking the national tally to 338,168. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah posted on Twitter that Selangor recorded the highest increase out of all states with 356 new cases. Sarawak has the second highest figure with 308 new cases, followed by Johor (129 cases) and Penang (113). Kuala Lumpur recorded 98 new infections. The Health Ministry also reported two new Covid-19 deaths, pushing Malaysia’s death toll up to 1,248.

Two villages in Sabah's Kota Belud under EMCO from March 26-April 8

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Two villages in Kota Belud, Sabah, will be placed under enhanced movement control order beginning March 26 after a number of Covid-19 cases were reported at the localities. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said to date, health authorities had screened 89 individuals at Kampung Lebak Moyoh, and nine were confirmed to be positive. Health authorities had also screened 77 people at Kampung Siasai Tamu where seven positive cases were recorded. “The Health Ministry confirmed that there is a sudden spike in cases in the localities with high infectivity rates. “Following a risk assessment, the government has agreed to place the two villages in Kota Belud, under lockdown for 14 days until April 8, ” he said in a statement on Thursday (March 25).

Malaysia, Singapore use blockchain technology for vaccination certs

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Both Malaysia and Singapore's digital vaccination certificates are secured by blockchain technology and come with a traceability feature that tells the exact batch of the vaccine vial used for inoculation. Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this in his latest post on his Facebook page on matters discussed during his meeting with visiting Singapore Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan in Putrajaya, on Tuesday. "The interoperability between the digital certification systems used in both countries will be crucial especially when taking into account standards set by World Health Organisation (WHO), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and other countries," he said.

54 slapped with compounds for SOP violations yesterday

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Failure to provide equipment to record visitors' details topped the list of 54 violations under the standard operating procedures (SOP) during the Movement Control Order yesterday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a statement today said that all offenders were slapped with compounds. "The offences include failing to provide materials to record visitors' details (21), not wearing face masks (17), traveling between states and districts without permission (six), engaging in activities at entertainment centres (five), having no physical distancing (three), violating quarantine order (one) and entering the Enhanced Movement Control Order area without permission (one).

AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, will be used in Malaysia

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The AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and will be used in Malaysia, says Datuk Seri Adham Baba. The Health Minister said AstraZeneca had held a meeting with the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) on March 17 to explain the situation regarding the safety issues of its vaccine, primarily the side effects related to blood clots (thrombosis). "According to AstraZeneca, as of March 8,17 million people have received the vaccine in the European Union and United Kingdom. "Of these vaccine recipients, there have been 15 deep vein thrombosis cases and 22 pulmonary embolism cases reported.

Health Ministry: AstraZeneca vaccine safe for use

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The Health Ministry has given its assurances that the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was registered by the country's Drug Control Authority on March 2, is safe for use. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the data obtained from the clinical trial of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which involved some 12,000 volunteers, found no adverse side effects being reported. "The most common side effects which were reported include pain at the injection area, fatigue, and headache that were classified as mild and moderate. "The data also found that the side effects reduced during the injection of the second dose, compared to the first dose.

1,268 new Covid-19 cases, Selangor records highest numbers

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Malaysia recorded 1,268 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (March 24), bringing the cumulative total to 336,808. Health director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that Selangor was the state with the highest number of cases with 490 new infections, followed by Sarawak with 141 cases.

38 individuals arrested for violating SOP

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The number of people arrested by the police for violating the Movement Control Order's standard operating procedures (SOP) continues to record a downward trend. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 38 individuals were detained yesterday for violating the SOP, with 30 issued compounds and eight remanded. He said in a statement 17 business operators did not provide proper equipment or entry logs for patrons to record their details, while other offences yesterday were interstate travel without permission (12), failure to wear face masks (seven), operating beyond permitted hours (one) and no physical distancing (one). The MCO Operation Task Force headed by the police, said Ismail Sabri, carried out 65,159 inspections nationwide on SOP compliance.

Religious affairs minister: Covid-19 vaccination permissible during Ramadan

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Muslims in the country are allowed to receive the Covid-19 injection during the Ramadan month for it will not invalidate the compulsory fasting. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri noted that the decision was made in a special meeting held by the Muzakarah (discussion) Committee of the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs two months ago. He said the Covid-19 vaccination is permissible during the fasting month as decided by the fatwa council. “The whole world now allows (vaccination in Ramadan) and most recently we received a view from the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia (Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh) who noted the need to be vaccinated even in Ramadan and that it does not break the fast,” he told reporters at Kolej Uniti Port Dickson, today.

Three new Covid-19 clusters detected, all linked to workplaces

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Three new Covid-19 clusters stemming from outbreaks at workplaces have been detected by the Health Ministry on Tuesday (March 23). In his daily Covid-19 statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the three clusters were all from targeted screening exercises conducted on workers. One of the three clusters, named the Teknologi Bukit Minyak cluster, is linked to workers of a factory in Seberang Perai Selatan, Penang. "There are 98 positive cases confirmed under this cluster after 1,685 individuals underwent a targeted screening exercise conducted on workers of the factory," said Dr Noor Hisham.

1,384 new cases, six fatalities

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Malaysia recorded 1,384 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (March 23), bringing the cumulative total to 335,540. In a tweet, the Health Ministry said within the same 24-hour period, there were six fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,244. Another 1,058 patients were discharged from medical facilities, which means 319,842 have recovered from the disease to date. In total there are 14,454 active cases nationwide.