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Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

RMCO still requires public to comply with SOPs

Putrajaya

The public is reminded to continue exercising self-discipline in carrying out preventive measures against Covid-19 as the country enters the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) tomorrow. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said business operators and customers need to maintain social distancing and good personal hygiene. He said the police, as well as the task force teams in districts, would focus on standard operating procedure compliance at business premises and public places.

Health DG: Covid-19 case in Likas hospital is an eight-month-old girl

Putrajaya

The Covid-19 case in the Women and Children Hospital in Likas involves an eight-month-old girl, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. He said the case was detected before the girl was supposed to undergo surgery. He added that the Ministry was currently conducting active contact tracing for this case. "We will screen those who have been exposed to the patient. The investigation is ongoing, we just got the report and the progress is ongoing in terms of looking into the cause," he said.

Senior minister says compounds will be issued against SOP violators during RMCO period

Putrajaya

Compounds will still be issued during the Recovery movement control order (RMCO) period which will begin this Wednesday, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the provisions under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) were still in force during the RMCO period. Ismail Sabri said although there would be no more roadblocks and interstate travel restrictions during that period, the public is still required to adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP) set.

Restrain oneself when visiting family and follow SOP, says Ismail Sabri

Putrajaya

Malaysians must always practise self restraint when visiting family members, especially senior citizens, following the government's decision to allow interstate travel starting on Wednesday (June 10). Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said while certain restrictions had been relaxed during the recovery movement control order (MCO) phase, adhering to standard operation procedures, including social distancing, is a must. "Maintain good hygienic practices by washing hands, and face masks must be worn at all times in public areas.

Msians working in Singapore may soon be able to commute from JB

Putrajaya

Malaysians working in Singapore may soon be allowed to resume commuting to and from Johor Baru. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this follows the republic's decision to reopen its economy following a weeks-long lockdown. "There were suggestions to allow those working in Singapore to commute between the country and Johor Baru, provided they download the MySejahtera app (aimed at managing the Covid-19 pandemic in the country). "Currently, they are unable to do so due to the border closure and the 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement for those returning to Malaysia.

Ismail Sabri: Sports venues must register with Miti before reopening

Putrajaya

Operators of sports centres and complexes must fill in notification forms on the International Trade and Industry (Miti) website before reopening, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister (Security) said while such sports venues, including gymnasiums, indoor halls and arenas could reopen on June 15, operators must first register with Miti, starting on Monday (June 8). "This is required so they can refer to the standard operating procedures that are imposed, and the Youth and Sports Ministry can also monitor their operations. "They can access the notification forms starting Monday," he told reporters during his daily briefing on Monday.

Health DG: Country can break chain of infection if everyone follows the SOPs

Putrajaya

If everybody follows the SOPs set by the authorities, the country may be able to break the chain of infection without a Covid-19 vaccine. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in his daily briefing on Sunday (June 7) said the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) here were controlled without the use of vaccines. "There isn't a vaccine (for them) but by using public health measures, we managed to control the spread of MERS-CoV and SARS in our country.

Hospitals to start admitting more non-Covid-19 patients

Putrajaya

Hospitals will start admitting more non-Covid-19 patients in stages, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic). He said the utilisation of wards designated for Covid-19 was less than 15% of capacity now. "We have seven Covid-19 hospitals and 33 hospitals that are hybrid, so when we see there is a drop in Covid-19 patients who need beds in wards and intensive care units, we will take in more non-Covid-19 patients," he said in his daily press briefing in Putrajaya on Sunday (June 7).

New cluster identified at Gombak district police HQ

Putrajaya

There is a new Covid-19 cluster in Gombak involving personnel at the district police headquarters (IPD), says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. "We have identified this new cluster that involves staff members at the district police headquarters," he said in his daily press briefing on Sunday (June 7). Cumulatively, he added, there were five cases in the cluster, with one new case reported on Sunday. He said such cases were one of the factors why the Health Ministry decided to conduct periodic screening on personnel at district police headquarters.

Married couples need police permission for reunion travel between Peninsula and Sabah, Sarawak

Putrajaya

Married couples who are staying apart need to get police permission if they wish to travel between peninsular Malaysia, and Sabah and Sarawak to meet up during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the permission granted by the government today for husbands and wives staying in different states to meet was not automatic. “They should get police permission first before buying their air tickets (for the interstate travel),” he told a press conference here after a special meeting of ministers on CMCO here today.

Covid-19 death more prevalent among smokers, those with chronic illness

Putrajaya

Death rate among smokers infected by Covid-19 is a cause for concern. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said based on study conducted by the Health Ministry on smoking history and risk of non-communicable diseases on 86 patients who died from the coronavirus, it was found that 19.8 per cent or 17 were smokers. "The same analysis also found that death due to Covid-19 among those without any chronic illness but had a history of smoking stood at 17.6 per cent, compared to 12.1 per cent for non-smokers," he told a daily press conference today.

Hishammuddin confirms Wisma Putra staff Covid-19 positive

Putrajaya

A Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra) staff has been confirmed to be Covid-19 positive yesterday, Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said. Hishammuddin in a statement today said, this is the first case and it was detected during a health screening conducted by the Health Ministry (MOH) at Wisma Putra. “Prior to the screening, the individual did not show any symptoms of fever, cold, cough or sore throat and the patient has been placed at the Sungai Buloh Hospital for further treatment,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham: Undocumented migrants to be sent to MAEPS after escape attempt from Sungai Buloh Hospital

Putrajaya

The Health Ministry has decided to retransfer all 26 undocumented foreigners positive with Covid-19 from Sungai Buloh Hospital back to the temporary treatment centre at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) after one of them attempted to escape custody. Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this meant, from now on, only Malaysians and documented foreign workers will be placed in the hospital. “The illegal immigrants will now be placed at MAEPS, and hopefully, by doing so, we can improve the security situation. There, they will be provided with good treatment for them to head down the road to recovery,” he said during his daily Covid-19 press briefing today.

Restaurant operators in Malaysia can be fined over SOP breach, says Dr Noor Hisham

Putrajaya

Restaurant operators found to be in violation of Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the National Security Council (MKN) could face a maximum fine of RM1,000 under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342). Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the SOP was issued as a clear guideline for operators to adhere to during the conditional movement control order (CMCO).

Overseas travel still not allowed, senior minister tells Malaysians

Putrajaya

Malaysians are still barred from travelling abroad, especially to countries considered as high risk for Covid-19 infections, says Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the directive also applies to Malaysian students who wish to continue their education in Indonesia, which has seen a significant rise in the number of cases of late. “It is still prohibited for Malaysians to travel abroad at present, and some countries are also not accepting the entry of foreigners.

Negri Sembilan records highest cases after new infections in Pedas cluster

Putrajaya

Negri Sembilan recorded 59 new Covid-19 cases today, the highest among the states, according to the data released by the Health Ministry. This was followed by Selangor (28, including four imported cases), Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (10, including three imported cases), Johor (3), Sabah (2) and Pahang (1). Other states and two other federal territories reported zero new Covid-19 cases today. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in his daily press conference earlier, said Malaysia recorded 103 new Covid-19 cases today, taking the tally of infections in the country to 7,732.

Employers should screen foreign workers for Covid-19, says Health Ministry

Putrajaya

The Health Ministry has advised employers to screen their workers for Covid-19, particularly if they are foreigners. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said foreign workers, especially those living in cramped quarters, were highly susceptible to the virus. “We have seen that from May 4 until now, almost 78% of our positive Covid-19 cases involve foreign workers. “We advise employers to screen their workers.

New Covid-19 cluster involving cleaners identified

Putrajaya

A new Covid-19 cluster involving cleaners has been detected, Health director-general Datuk Noor Hisham Abdullah said today. He said 24 positive cases were recorded among the Bangladeshi workers after the cleaning company decided to conduct Covid-19 screening among its staff. "The cases were detected by a private clinic that carried out the screening process initiated by the cleaning company. "A total of 150 foreign workers were screened and tested, of which 126 cases turned out negative," he said. Dr Noor Hisham said 20 of the patients, who were staying at a hostel in Kuala Langat, Selangor, were currently being treated at the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

No decision yet on whether CMCO will be lifted, extended

Putrajaya

The government has yet to decide on whether to extend or lift the ongoing nationwide Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. "The ongoing CMCO will only end on June 9, and an announcement on whether the government will continue enforcing the CMCO or otherwise will be made before the directive ends," the Defence Minister said during his daily press conference here today.

Govt to open more sectors if Covid-19 cases continue to drop

Putrajaya

Malaysia may open more social and education sectors when the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) ends on June 9, if the number of Covid-19 cases continues to drop. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the CMCO, implemented from May 4, had been successful in bringing down the figures of daily cases and that further improvement could be expected with even lower digits based on the ministry's modeling and prediction. He said the next two weeks would be crucial and that the ministry would keep a close watch on the situation to determine if Malaysia could move its strategy from CMCO.

More sectors, schools to reopen if Covid-19 figures low, says Health DG

Putrajaya

More sectors including schools can be reopened if Malaysia continues to show low Covid-19 figures in the first week of June, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Health director-general said while the country had shown its lowest daily figure in over two months with only 10 cases, the ministry was still worried about the post-festive season impact. “The success of the conditional movement control order (MCO) over the past 24 days can be seen in the number of cases.

10 new cases and sixth day with no new deaths

Putrajaya

Malaysia recorded 10 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (May 28), taking the total number of infections to 7,629 cases. This is an improvement from Wednesday’s 15 cases, and is the lowest daily figure since the movement control order (MCO) was enforced in the country on March 18. The country again saw no Covid-19 deaths for the sixth consecutive day, keeping the death toll at 115.

Country must address cramped living condition of foreign workers

Putrajaya

The cramped living condition of foreign workers in Malaysia needs to be addressed as they are a hotbed for infectious disease, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic). The Health director-general said the Covid-19 pandemic had taught Malaysia many lessons, including the country’s management of migrant workers. “We would like to learn from this experience. Certainly, we need to look into the accommodation of our foreign workers. “If you live in a confined place, definitely infectious diseases will continue to spread. Not only Covid-19 but other diseases like TB.

Officers who attended May 20 post-Cabinet meeting test negative for Covid-19

Putrajaya

Every officer present at a post-cabinet meeting last Wednesday (May 20) tested negative for Covid-19, according to Health Ministry director-general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. “All participants or members of the post-Cabinet meeting tested negative, so there are no other cases. “Most importantly, the person identified (as having been infected) has been taken care of. He has been isolated and is responding very well, ” he said during his daily Covid-19 pandemic briefing at Putrajaya on Wednesday (May 27).

‘Kayangan’ or ‘bumi’, everyone is equal under CMCO SOP, says Ismail Sabri

Putrajaya

Anyone who violates the standard operating procedure (SOP) during the Aidilfitri celebration throughout the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period will be subjected to the appropriate action, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the SOP applies to all regardless of whether they are dignitaries or ordinary people, and it is up to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to act against the violators. “There is no difference between the “kayangan” (VIP) and “bumi” clusters (ordinary people); anyone committing an offence while celebrating Aidilfitri during CMCO is liable to face action by the enforcement authorities,” he said at a daily CMCO media conference here today. — Bernama

Over 91,000 operations carried out to ensure CMCO SOP compliance

Putrajaya

The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) has carried out 91,403 operations on business premises nationwide to ensure compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). The premises include supermarkets, grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries, clothing retail stores and automobile repair shops. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Tuesday alone, KPDNHEP enforcement officers conducted 1,365 checks for SOP compliance.

Govt defends treatment of foreign workers during Covid19, including undocumented ones

Putrajaya

The government has defended its treatment of foreign workers in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic. Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said even those who entered the country illegally are treated in a humane manner by the Malaysian government. “Foreigners with valid work permits are protected. For example, those working the estates are given housing. Those in other sectors get all kinds of benefits from employers.

Construction sites' Covid-19 cases cause for concern

Putrajaya

There are 88 positive Covid-19 cases detected at three construction site clusters involving foreign workers, with the exception of one Malaysian, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. Out of 488 samples taken at a Kuala Lumpur construction site cluster, 31 positive cases involved 29 Bangladeshi and two Indonesian workers. Over at the Setia Alam construction site cluster, 91 samples were taken and 13 were confirmed positive, all of which were workers from Bangladesh.