Perak has detected the second case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in the state, involving an individual who returned after performing the umrah pilgrimage.
State Health, Science, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin said the individual tested positive while undergoing quarantine at home.
"The case is under control. The screening test on close contacts turned out to be negative. However, further observation and monitoring will still be done," he told reporters after closing the state-level National Environment Day celebration today.
A total of 1,012 civil servants in Perak are not vaccinated against Covid-19 yet, says state Health Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamaruddin.
He said health concerns were among the reasons cited, while there were also those who refused to accept the vaccination.
“From the total, 69 are religious school teachers who declined to be vaccinated.
Those who want to come to Perak must be fully vaccinated or risk getting slapped with a compound notice, says state police chief Comm Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid.
He said police would beef up enforcement activities as many Malaysians were expected to visit the state this weekend.
He said two people had already been issued compound notices for the offence between Oct 11 and 14.
Theme parks nationwide will be allowed to open after the country's vaccination rate among its adult population has reached 90 percent, scheduled by the end of November, said Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar.
He said it would also be subject to the approval by the National Security Council and the Health Ministry which are currently studying the standard operating procedures (SOP) on the reopening of the theme parks.
Speaking to reporters at the Lost World of Tambun in conjunction with his one-day working visit here today, he said the tourism industry players are currently preparing to revive the tourism sector which had been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Perak Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee chairman, Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi, clarified today that Pangkor Island is not on Malaysia’s latest domestic travel bubble list as the island is yet to fulfil certain requirements.
Nolee stressed, however, that the island will be on the list once these are met.
“I was informed by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) that Pangkor Island is one of the destinations that will be included in the travel bubble for domestic tourism.
Walk-in vaccinations for individuals aged 18 years and above in Perak are available until Oct 31 only, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad said.
Saarani said that there are 22 vaccination centres (PPVs) which accept walk-in vaccinations and those who have yet received the Covid-19 vaccine injections are urged to do so immediately.
"Based on the feedback received, there are still many people who have lamented their disappointment as they have not received an appointment date through the MySejahtera application, without knowing that they can get the vaccine directly at the PPV.
Pangkor Island is expected to reopen to tourists who are fully vaccinated from November 1, said Perak Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi.
However, she said the decision to reopen the island is subject to the approval of National Security Council after all information, requirements and standard operating procedure (SOP) have been tabled by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.
“Based on the latest information received, only 87 individuals of the 8,026 residents including tour operators have not been vaccinated due to health problems or are undergoing quarantine as they have been in close contacts or were infected with Covid-19.
The photos of factory workers with pink Covid-19 tags walking around Sungai Siput are actually of the workers heading back for quarantine, say police.
Sungai Siput OCPD Supt Mohd Khaizam Ahmad Shahabudin said the workers had just undergone Covid-19 screening and six of them tested positive.
“The tests were conducted by the Kuala Kangsar district health office on Aug 19.
About 70 funeral workers here have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine following calls from their association to do so.
Perak Non-Muslim Funeral Industry Welfare Association chairman Ng Chuen Wai said all the workers got their first jab on Wednesday (Aug 11).
"Some of us, including myself, got the jab earlier after getting a notification from the MySejahtera app.
"A majority of the workers got the first dose thanks to Perak Youth Assembly Malim Nawar representative Wong Chin Ho and the state Health director," he said when contacted.
Hospitals in Perak are not imposing any charges for the management of the remains of Covid-19 victims.
State Health, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamaruddin said the hospitals would hand over the remains of Muslim Covid-19 patients to the Perak Islamic Religious Department (JAIPk) for funeral arrangements while the bodies of non-Muslim victims would be managed by a private consortium.
“Hospitals never impose any charges to manage the bodies but we don’t know if the next of kin engage in any services from companies or individuals after leaving the hospital,” he said when contacted today.
Gnasegaran Rammaya, a 70-year-old barber who owns the Kedai Gunting Rambut Kampong Kepayang here, was all smiles as he was finally allowed to open for business today.
Perak, together with four other states, entered Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) today, and businesses like barber shops, hair salons, car wash, stationery and electrical appliance shops were finally allowed to operate after more than a month.
“I had zero income for the past 45 days. However, my children are working and they supported me so I don’t have a problem surviving.
ix vaccination centres (PPV) will be opened in Perak in early July to speed up the inoculation process in the state.
State Health, Science, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin said the centres are at the Selama District Council Multipurpose Hall, Gopeng District Council Hall, Inderawati Beruas Hall, Sungai Siput Hall, Felcra Seberang Perak Hall and Merdeka Lenggong Hall.
“As of June 16, a total of 233,298 people in the state have received their first dose while a total of 138,403 people have been given the second dose,” he told a press conference after visiting the Sungai Bayor Health Clinic in Selama today.