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COVID-19 Update 13 May: Malaysia Records Over 4,800 New Cases, 27 Deaths

Malaysia has reported over 4,800 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to more than 458,077 since the outbreak began the last ear in early March. With recording more than 1,783 new cases, Selangor is the worst-hit state of the country. This was followed by Kuala Lumpur (521 cases), Johor (467 cases), Sarawak and Penang (395 cases respectively).

According to Health Ministry, at least 27 people died on Thursday due to COVID-19, taking the total death toll to 1,788.

Health DG said Dr Noor Hisham revealed that 481 Covid-19 patients were in intensive care units (ICUs) as of today.

Dr Noor Hisham also added that, as of today, 481 Covid-19 patients were in intensive care units (ICUs) across the country, with 247 of them needing breathing assistance — both numbers being new record highs.

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AstraZeneca Vaccine Jabs Postponed For 2,800 Recipients

AstraZeneca vaccine doses, scheduled for May 15 and 16, have been rescheduled for 2,800 people, minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today. The rescheduling has been done to avoid overcrowding. The vaccination was scheduled to be done at Kuala Lumpur’s World Trade Centre (WTCKL). A new date for these 2,800 people will be announced soon.

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The government has postponed the vaccination jabs for 2,800 recipients to avoid overcrowding at Kuala Lumpur’s World Trade Centre (WTCKL).

Minister-in-charge Khairy Jamaluddin said that the dates have been changed for those who had vaccination scheduled for May 15 and 16.

“The 2,800 appointments will be rescheduled to a later date from May 17 to 23. They will be informed through the MySejahtera application from tomorrow,” Khairy said.

A total of 19,000 people were scheduled to be vaccinated on May 15 and 16, but the number is now reduced to 16,200.

The minister further informed that 98 per cent of people are attending the vaccination programme, and around 60,000 are awaiting vaccination.

Khairy said the attendance rate for AstraZeneca appointments was currently at 98%, and there were some 60,000 on the waiting list.

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Covid 19, May 9 Update: 3,733 Cases, Record 26 Deaths

Malaysia saw a record high of 26 Covid-19 deaths today, the health ministry said. Apart from this, 3,733 Covid-19 cases were registered in the past 24 hours. Health DG Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that the total number of infections now stands at 440,677.

Selangor topped the chart with most number of cases with 1,278. This was followed by Sarawak (454), Johor (365), Kuala Lumpur (338), Penang (280), Kelantan (254), Negeri Sembilan (205), Kedah (176), Pahang (100), Perak (80), Melaka (66), Sabah (61), Terengganu (49), Putrajaya (20), Labuan (6) and Perlis (1).

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Police Permission Not Needed For Crossing States, Districts For Work

No need for the workers who have to cross states and districts to go to offices, multiple senior cops have said today. A number of workers were stopped at the state and district borders yesterday after senior minister Ismail Sabri announced mandatory permission of police for such travel. However, the government has now clarified that the announcement is only for the people travelling for no-work purposes.

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Workers crossing state and districts do not require special police permission, the international trade and industry ministry said today. According to the Selangor police chief Arjunaidi Mohamed, a worker will only need his employer and his international trade and industry ministry (Miti) letter to pass the boundaries, news website FMT reported.

Brickfields police chief Anuar Omar also confirmed said that a special police permit was not needed. He also told FMT that workers have been informed about the same.

A number of workers were stopped at the state and district borders yesterday after senior minister Ismail Sabri announced mandatory permission of police for such travel.

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Singer Awie Allegedly Breaks Covid-19 SOPs, Called For Questioning

Police have called singer Awie for questioning in a probe related to an alleged violation of Covid SOPs during an event in Melaka. Awie, whose full name is Ahmad Azhar Othman, had performed an event called “Satu Kayuhan Satu Zikir” humanitarian mission programme for rickshaw drivers.

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Singer Ahmad Azhar Othman or Awie, accused of violating Covid guidelines, has been called for interrogation by Melaka Tengah police.

The rock singer and celebrity allegedly broke guidelines during an event for the humanitarian mission at a hotel on Jalan Hang Tuah.

As per the police, a number of people, including the programme’s organiser, will also be called for questioning.

A video of the incident shows Awie performing at an event, where people didn’t follow Covid rule, such as wearing face masks and observing the physical distancing.

The performance was a part of “Satu Kayuhan Satu Zikir” humanitarian mission programme for rickshaw drivers on Friday.

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Record Rise In ICU Coronavirus Cases: Health DG Noor Hisham Abdullah

There are 506 patients who are in ICUs due to Covid or Covid-like complications, Health DG Noor Hisham Abdullah informed today. Another 295 patients are on ventilator support. The new data shared by Health DG include those who have not tested positive for Covid, but have same health complications.

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Health DG Noor Hisham Abdullah today said that Coronavirus cases in ICU wards have risen to 506 in the past few weeks, a record high. There are another 295 patients who need ventilators to breathe, he added.

The new numbers include “confirmed”, “probable” and “suspected” Covid-19 patients in intensive care.

The data shared this time is a bit different, it includes the probable and suspected cases too, these are patients that are having same health complications as confirmed coronavirus patients.

“Throughout the country, critical case admissions to intensive care units have increased by 44 percent compared to the previous two weeks. Some states such as Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan and Sarawak have a higher rate,” Mr Abdullah said.

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Cops Seize Zunar’s Phone In Thaipusam Holiday Cartoon Row – 5th Time So Far

Police today seized cartoonist Zunar’s phone during questioning in a case linked to a cartoon of Kedah Menteri Besar. Zulkiflee Anwar Alhaque, aka Zunar, allegedly mocked the menteri besar over the cancelling of the Thaipusam state holiday this year. Zunar claimed that this is the 5th time in six years that cops had seized his phone.

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The police today seized the mobile phone of cartoonist Zunar over a probe linked to a cartoon that allegedly mocked Menteri Besar of Kedah over cancelling of the Thaipusam state holiday this year.

Zulkiflee Anwar Alhaque, better known with his pen name Zunar, claimed that this was his fifth mobile phone that has been seized by police since 2015 over his artwork.

There are three police reports that have been filed against Zunar in Alor Setar, Pendang and Padang Terap.

“They took my phone to carry out forensic analysis on my activities on the internet with regard to the cartoon I drew,” he said.

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Sports, Recreational Acts Banned In MCO Areas

The government has banned sports and recreation activities in areas put under Movement Control Order. There will be complete ban of events in commercial facilities, public facilities and fields. A special permission from relevant authorities will be needed to carry out any such activity, the sports ministry said.

The Youth and Sports Ministry has banned all sports and recreational activities in the areas that have been put under Movement Control Order or MCO in wake of the surge in Covid-19 cases.

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There will be no sporting activities in areas like commercial facilities, public facilities, and fields, a decision taken by the national security council has said. Special permission will have to be taken in case a sporting or recreational event has to be taken place.

“The Youth and Sports Ministry made some proposals to NSC and they made the decision based on the risk evaluation done by Health Ministry, in line with the current Covid-19 situation.

“Our hope is to break the rise in new cases in the community, especially in the Klang Valley,” said the ministry in a statement.

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No Ramadan Bazaars In Selangor MCO Areas From Saturday

The Selangor government has decided to shut to Ramadan bazaars MCO areas. There are six such districts in the state. The places of worship and kindergartens will remain open for now. The Bazaars will be allowed to operate for two days during this period. Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said that the decision has been taken to ensure the “interest of the traders” and keeping in mind surge in Covid cases.

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Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari today said that Ramadaan Bazaars will stay closed in the six districts of the state put under the MCO. Mr Shari added that the places of worship and kindergartens will be allowed to operate.

The Bazaars will be allowed to operate even during the MCO.

Mr Amirudin Shari said that bazaars were allowed to operate even during the MCO to keep into account the interests of traders.

“By Saturday, they would have been trading for 25 days. It won’t be too cruel if we close the bazaars then,” he said.

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SRC Conviction: Court To Hear Najib’s Appeal From 5 April

Kuala Lumpur: 

The Court of Appeal has announced the new date to hear former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s appeal against his conviction and jail sentence for allegedly misappropriating RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds. The court will start hearing Najib’s appeal from 5 April.

One of Najib Muhammad’s lawyers Farhan Muhammad Shafee in sending a text message on whatsapp said that the new hearing date for 12 days is now set from 5 to 8 April, 12 to 15 April and 19 to 22 April.

Meanwhile, both the defense and the prosecution on February 8 will receive amended appeal records and they will have to file their respective arguments by March 1 and answer arguments by March 19, according to sources.

Subsequent case management for the appeal is set for February 22.

The case management date was set yesterday before the deputy registrars of the Court of Appeal Darmafikri Abu Adam and N. Kanageswari and continues today, to set a hearing date and file an argument.

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