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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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 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.
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.
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.