Residents of Gerik are hopeful that a state of emergency will be declared in the parliamentary constituency to postpone a pending by-election.
People here say the spike in Covid-19 cases following the Sabah polls should be a lesson for everyone, even though Gerik is still in a green zone.
Two more low risk Covid-19 centres to treat patients with mild and no symptoms will be opened in the Kinta and Hilir Perak districts following the number of Covid-19 cases detected in Perak.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said these two centres have yet to be gazetted by the National Security Council (NSC) but the state government was always on standby.
Two localities in Ipoh will be placed under an enhanced movement control order beginning Friday (Nov 20) following a spike in Covid-19 cases, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The localities are Zone B and Zone C in Taman Meru 2C in Ipoh.
He said as at Nov 16,938 screenings were conducted and there were 76 positive results.
Police arrested a man after a two-kilometre chase for driving recklessly and causing damage and injuries to a female motorcyclist in trying to avoid a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) roadblock, here, last night.
Kuala Kangsar district police chief, ACP Omar Bakhtiar Yaacob said in the incident at about 7 pm, the 37-year-old man was driving a Proton Iswara car heading towards Kuala Kangsar town from Manong.
The enhanced movement control order (MCO) has been imposed on Sekolah Agama Bantuan Kerajaan (SABK) Maahad Al-Yahyawiah in Padang Rengas, Kuala Kangsar, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Defence Minister said tests conducted at the school on Nov 5 revealed that there were 27 Covid-19 cases.
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Jati here has been ordered to close for seven days from today until Nov 11, following detection of a Covid-19 case.
State Education director Dr Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Ali said the school would reopen on Nov 12
He said the closure was to allow cleaning and disinfection work to be carried out by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Perak Fire and Rescue Department.
Perak Menteri Besar Inc (MB Inc) has taken several initiatives to reduce the burden of communities affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO), the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) and the Conditional MCO (CMCO).
It goals include contributing aid to 10,000 families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Today, MB Inc handed out food baskets to 400 families at the Tapah Prison, here.
Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Haji Hasan, Changkat Petai, Tapah Road, about 80 kilometres from here, has been ordered to close for seven days from tomorrow until November 3 due to Covid-19 infection in the school.
Perak Education director Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Ali said the closure was to allow cleaning and disinfection works to be carried out by the Health Ministry (MOH).
Twenty-one al-Quran and Fardu Ain classes or Kafa-integrated religious schools (SAR) and seven Islamic kindergartens in Perak have been ordered to close from Oct 14 to 25 due to Covid-19 infection.
State Islamic religious and Information Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin in a statement said the schools and kindergartens were located in Kinta, Manjung, Larut, Matang and Selama, Kerian and Hulu Perak.
Two secondary schools in Perak were ordered close for seven days from today until October 26 after its students were tested positive for Covid-19.
The schools are Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Dato Haji Mohd Taib in Chemor, near here and SMK Raja Lope Nor Rashid in Tanjung Piandang, Bagan Serai.
Taiping has become the first district in Perak to be declared a red zone in the recovery movement control order (RMCO) phase after 77 Covid-19 infections were detected in the last 14 days.
The State Health Department said that 48 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported in the district as of October 15.
The Perak State Security Council today announced that there is no need yet to implement an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) at the Kamunting Correctional Detention Centre (Kemta) that gave Perak 48 out of 52 new Covid-19 cases in the state.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, who chairs the council, said that the council found that the infection only took place at one block in the detention centre, which was reserved for at-risk detainees.
The Sunway Lost World Of Tambun and the Sunway Lost World Hotel will be closed temporarily after one of its guests was suspected of contracting Covid-19.
The management via a statement today said that it will seize its operation for 14 days starting from today until October 26.
“The management has learnt from Ministry Of Health (MoH) of a suspected Covid-19 case involving one of our guests.
Six schools in the Larut Matang Selama (LMS) District in Taiping will be closed for a week beginning tomorrow after Covid-19 cases were detected involving school staff.
The affected schools are Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) King Edward VII; SMK (P) Treacher Methodist; SMK Bukit Jana; Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Taman Jana; SK Convent Kota and SK Ulu Mengkuang.
The Taiping Fire and Rescue Department has identified several mosques, suraus and schools to be disinfected to contain the spread of Covid-19 after the Batu Cluster has been detected in the district.
Taiping Fire and Rescue Station Zone Two chief Zaipul Bahari Mat Rusok @ Hassan said the Ops Disinfeksi would be carried out with cooperation from the District Health Office, Taiping and Selama Municipal Councils and District Security Council for Larut Matang and Selama.
Five new quarantine centres in Perak will be activated should the number of Covid-19 cases experience a sharp increase, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said.
The quarantine centres are Institut Tadbiran Islam Perak (INTIM), Institut Latihan Pegawai Am Perak (ILPA), Institut Tadbiran Tanah dan Ukur Negara (INSTUN), Institut Latihan Perindustrian (ILP) in Meru, and Teknologi Pendidikan Negeri Perak (TPNP) in Tasek.
The lives of many have drastically changed following the Covid-19 pandemic, complicated by the necessary implementation of the movement control order (MCO) which saw many lose their jobs.
With this in mind, non-governmental organisation Perak Women for Women (PWW) is starting a food distribution programme to assist those affected especially those in the B40 category.
PWW co-founder Yip Siew Keen said the organisation had been deluged with calls from the people asking for help following the MCO.
The Perak State Health Department (JKN) is tracing and conducting Covid-19 screenings on all close contacts including patients who were treated by a healthcare worker at a clinic here.
State Health director Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming said the measure was taken after the staff was detected positive yesterday.
She said the nurse was tested after she showed symptoms of respiratory tract infection at a health clinic on Wednesday, before a Covid-19 Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test was found positive the next day.
Certain parts of Ipoh’s Old Town like Concubine Lane and its surrounds are slowly reawakening after months of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Weekends and public holidays used to see these places packed with tourists but during the lockdown, the whole area was deserted.
A recent check by Malay Mail showed that the tourist spots in Ipoh Old Town and Taman Jubilee, where the city’s most popular food streets are located, are getting visitors again... even on weekdays.
Perak police chief Datuk Razarudin Husain said his agency was helping the Health Department trace three Malaysian returnees who have not performed the second Covid-19 test at the end of their mandatory home quarantine.
Razarudin said health authorities could not find them at their given addresses as these were incorrect.
“The house addresses and phone numbers given by the individuals were not correct,” he told a press conference at the State Police Headquarters here.
A 51-year-old man under Covid-19 home quarantine was arrested at an eatery in Kampung Jering, Ayer Tawar, here, yesterday.
District police chief Assistant Commissioner Nor Omar Sappi said the man who had a pink wristband, indicating that he had undergone checks for coronavirus infection, was spotted wandering at the eatery.
Retired headmaster Wee Ong Chin has been showcasing Chinese culture and traditional games at fundraising events for over three decades. For the 66-year-old, it was his way to ensure its continuity. Starting out in 1986, Wee initially received five invites to perform.
Some night market traders here are contemplating whether to resume business during the recovery movement control order (MCO) period. Ipoh City Small Traders and Hawkers Association secretary Joseph Tan said the strict standard operating procedure (SOP) does not allow those selling clothes, shoes and food items involving heavy cooking to trade.
There are no restrictions on children below 12 or senior citizens aged 60 and above from dining at eateries, says Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu. However, said it's advisable for them not to do so since they were considered to be at a higher risk of getting Covid-19, he added. “If there is no urgent need for them to come along, then don’t bring them to public places.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu today said that all non-Muslim houses of worship in the state are allowed to open, following the federal government’s green light. The state has 528 non-Muslim houses of worship officially registered with the authorities, according to the latest data from 2015.
Children under age 12 and others over age 60 can now go out to public places, Perak Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said today. He added that these two groups deemed at high risk of contracting Covid-19 can also now dine in at restaurants in the state, but advised them to keep their guard up and refrain from eating out if there isn’t a need to do so.
The Perak government has initiated its Workforce Transformation Programme to help some 1,500 people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the programme would benefit those who had lost their jobs and also to reduce the unemployment rate. Faizal said the programme offers three schemes the people could participate in.
The police are searching for a Rohingya man who reportedly escaped from a quarantine centre at the Ministry of Health Malaysia’s Training Institute in Tanjung Rambutan here yesterday.
Ipoh district police chief ACP A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz said Rohim Mohd Zokoria, 27, was realised to be missing while a Ministry of Health staff was monitoring those quarantined at block E-2-83 of the facility at about 11am.