Malaysia recorded 37 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total to 6,978 cases.
Out of the 37 cases, two are import cases while 35 are local transmissions, where 22 are non-Malaysians, bringing the total of active cases to 1,218.
“Eleven cases are being treated at intensive care units where six are in need of ventilators.
“One death was recorded today. This brings cumulative deaths to 114,” he said during the Health Ministry’s daily briefing on Covid-19.
The problem began when our government decided to relax the conditional movement control order (MCO) further to allow Hari Raya gatherings (as long as no state borders are crossed). Grandparents can now demand that, on the first day of Aidilfitri, they expect to see their kids, grandkids and various progeny lined up before them – and the young ones have to decide how to act.
The obvious dilemma is: On a day we’re meant to show respect and piety to the older generation, how do we contradict them? How “safe” is safe?
Don't be surprised if your home is visited by the police and Armed Forces team monitoring Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.
This will be one of the measures taken by the authorities to track down those suspected of making unauthorised interstate "balik kampung" trips to celebrate with their families.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said the police were taking the ban on interstate travel, especially for the purpose of celebrating Hari Raya, seriously.
Covid-19 patients who have recovered and are discharged must undergo home quarantine for 14 days. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said during the quarantine period they should not receive any visitors. "Only after the 14 days have ended can they start seeing others. "(But) they must strictly adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) such as ensuring social distancing at all times, wear a face mask and wash hands regularly among others," he told a press conference.
The Health Ministry has advised Muslims to celebrate Hari Raya behind closed doors to avoid contracting Covid-19. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said people should also avoid visiting graves during the festive season as is customary. "For the sake of the elderly, young children, and those with other underlying diseases, people should refrain from visiting other households.We can only advise. But please, only for this year, don't even visit graves," he told a press conference on Monday (May 18).
The Ministry of Health has today expressed concerns over the number of vehicles attempting to cross interstate borders daily to return to their respective hometowns in the “balik kampung” tradition during the Ramadan and Aidilfitri season. Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah disclosed that 2,931 vehicles have attempted such manoeuvres to return to their hometowns to spend the festivities with their families in a span of three days.
Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today advised parents to not bring their children aged 12 and below for shopping or visiting hospitals as they are at high risk of contracting the Covid-19 infection. Dr Noor Hisham said the authorities might consider enforcement on the parents if the “soft approach” is not successful. “At the moment, the National Security Council is advising parents to not bring their children to public places such as shopping or hospitals, if there is no appointment.
Several tertiary students who were supposed to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine after being allowed to go home to their families were found to have not done so, with some testing positive for Covid-19. Health director-general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that this posed a risk to the higher risk groups such as the elderly, children and those with a history of chronic disease.
Police arrested 156 individuals who violated the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) yesterday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 104 people were remanded and 52 were allowed police bail. "Police have conducted 148 roadblocks nationwide and have checked 156,096 vehicles that attempted to cross state borders.
The country reported 47 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (May 18), bringing the total number of infections in the country to 6,941. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the 47 new cases, 21 were imported while 26 were local transmissions. Of the local transmissions, 17 cases were detected among foreigners.
The National Security Council expressed optimism today that public health safety can be maintained come Aidilfitri despite the threat of new coronavirus infections, based on its survey that found most Malays are against opening up their doors to visitors. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob revealed today that two-third of respondents from the government public survey remained guarded about Covid-19, even as the deadly outbreak appeared to have abated over the last two weeks.
Health experts are divided over the effectiveness of conducting mass testing on workers before they return to their workplace during the conditional movement control order (MCO).
Mass testing will create a false sense of security as a negative test will not mean much as a person can get infected over the course of a few days, said University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) Covid-19 task force chair Datuk Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman.
With the Hari Raya festivities just around the corner, the Health Ministry has warned of the risk of spreading Covid-19 if people travel interstate.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said at least 14% of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, or 971 infections, had a history of interstate travel.
The country reported 22 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (May 17) bringing the total number of infections in the country to 6,894.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the 22 new cases, five were imported while 17 were local transmissions.
He added that nine of those cases were detected among foreigners.
Dr Noor Hisham also said that 59 patients were discharged in the same 24-hour span.
The Film Directors’ Association of Malaysia (FDAM) has pleaded to the government to consider the request by the film and television industry for permission to continue production works, especially filming, before Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
This would give them the chance to earn some money in preparation for the celebration, said its president, Ahmad Ibrahim.
He was commenting on the willingness of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) to consider the request by industry members to continue their work.
Those who attempt to travel interstate to return to their hometowns will have to face stern action, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
“Stricter enforcement is in play,” he said, adding that anyone who flouted the conditional movement control order (MCO), including attempting to balik kampung would be fined.
The police will start issuing compound notices to those who are caught embarking on interstate travel without permission, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix).
He said this was because many were still defying the order even though the period for interstate travel, which was allowed from May 7 to 10, has ended. “To date, there were 146 interstate roadblocks nationwide with 238,500 vehicles inspected.
“Yesterday, 508 vehicles tried to cross state lines with the intention to return to their hometown and were forced to turn back,“ he said at the daily media briefing on the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) developments here today.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has called for Malaysians to be more vigilant when it comes to protecting children and infants from contracting Covid-19, stressing that they are considered a high-risk group.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that to date, 317 children under 12 have tested positive for Covid-19. Of this number, 112 or 35 per cent are under the age of four; 22 (7 per cent) are infants.
“So far we have not seen severe cases or deaths in our children aged 12 or less.
Full support should be given to frontliners, including in the form of donating personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks and hand sanitisers, says Datuk Seri Michael Chong.
The MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head urged the people to donate such items, especially to the Immigration department, whose officers have been at the frontline since the beginning.
"Immigration officers have been in the forefront in the war against the Covid-19 virus, be it at border checkpoints or during enforcement operations.
The Ministry of Health recorded 17 new Covid-19 positive cases in Malaysia today, once again charting a lower count compared to 73 new recovery cases.
In his daily press briefings, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed that recovery cases now account for 80.2 per cent or 5,512 cases of total cumulative Covid-19 cases, which now have reached a tally of 6,872 cases in total.
Dr Noor Hisham also announced one new Covid-19-related death today, involving a public health worker in Sabah, with a history of lung cancer and high blood pressure.
Only 1.6% of the more than 420,000 people screened for Covid-19 in the country have been confirmed to have the disease, says the Health Ministry
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 424,306 individuals screened so far for the disease, 6,855 tested positive as of May 15.
As of May 14, a total of 297,342 out of this number had been tested (swabbed) for Covid-19, with 6,819 or 2.29% of them having been confirmed to be positive for the disease.
Health experts have warned of the danger of Covid-19 being spread via air-conditioners, and have called on restaurants and workplaces to ensure there is sufficient air circulation in the premises. Universiti Malaya virologist Prof Dr Sazaly Abu Bakar said restaurants that allow dine-in must ensure proper directional airflow from air-conditioners.
“This means either it sucks the air up or you have the air flowing in one direction. Unless restaurants can do that, I won’t advise them to reopen, especially so for closed-door restaurants, ” he said.
Malaysia reported 36 more Covid-19 cases and zero deaths on Friday (May 15).
The country’s total number of confirmed cases is now 6,855, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 media briefing on Friday evening.
Of the 36 new cases, 28 are non-Malaysians.Dr Noor Hisham also said 88 more patients have been discharged in the same 24-hour span, which means 5,439 patients have recovered from Covid-19 since the outbreak began.
The asymptomatic spread of Covid-19 is not a good sign, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic).
"Asymptomatic spread has not been good news thus far.
"A growing body of results shows that people who are asymptomatic appear to have the same viral load as symptomatic cases.This means that whether people have symptoms or not, they carry the same amount of virus inside them."
The Health Ministry is advising Malaysians against buying plasma from dubious sources, amid reports that cybercriminals were selling it online and demand for it surging during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said buying plasma on the black market or dark web would be dangerous as the criteria for selection of the plasma donor are unknown.
Recovered Covid-19 patient Reza Huzairi Zainuddin has appealed to the public not to buy blood plasma supposedly belonging to recovered Covid-19 patients which are sold online as “passive vaccines”.He said it was pointless purchasing blood plasma from recovered patients as they were not vaccines that could cure the illness.
Schools across the country have started preparations for students to return while waiting for an official announcement from the Education Ministry.
A ministry official said they had been informed by state Education Departments that cleaning preparations in schools had started.
On Monday, Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the ministry would give a 14-day notice for the schools to reopen.
However, it would be limited to Form Five and Form Six students.
Immigration will revoke its facilities for foreign spouses of Malaysian citizens who refuse to settle their bills after undergoing compulsory quarantine, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The government, he said, had made it clear when it wanted to enforce compulsory quarantine for Malaysians returning from abroad that it would bear the cost.
However, he said foreigners, including spouses and family members of Malaysian citizens who are permanent residents or holders of the long-term social pass, would have to pay the cost.
Of the 40 new cases, 31 are non-Malaysians, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at the Health Ministry's daily Covid-19 media briefing Thursday (May 14).
Dr Noor Hisham also said 70 more patients have been discharged in the same 24-hour span, which means 5,351 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in Malaysia since the outbreak began.
Malaysia's Covid-19 recovery rate is now at 78.47% out of the total number of positive cases.
There are only 1,356 active cases being treated at the country's health facilities at present.