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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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Action Against Employers If They Stop Workers From Self-Quarantine: Health Minister

Employers can’t stop workers from self-isolation if their Covid test report is awaited, Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said today. If an employer is found stopping his employee from isolation, he will be liable to face action under Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342), the minister said. The workers who test positive must undergo quarantine and those who test negative must self-isolate, the minister said.

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Health Minister Dr Adham Baba today said that employers may face legal action if they stop employees from self-quarantine while waiting for their Covid results. Mr Bhaba said that such employers will be liable for action under Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

The minister added that any worker who tests positive must go under compulsory quarantine for 10 days and those who test negative must go for self-isolation.

“If employers are found to have disallowed this quarantine, provisions of Act 342 can be used to impose penalties on them,” Mr Bhaba said.

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Man Racially Abuses Kicks Indian-Origin Woman For Not Wearing Mask

A man allegedly racially abused and kicked an Indian-origin woman for not wearing a mask in Singapore. Hindocha Nita Vishnubhai, 55, was hit while on her brisk walk. This is the second such incident in Singapore where people from the Indian community were targeted over Coronavirus stigma and fear in the country.

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In a reported hate crime, a 55-year-old Indian woman was abused and hit for not wearing masks while on a brisk walk in Singapore. Hindocha Nita Vishnubhai, a private tutor, a brisk walker was first racially abused and later kicked on the chest, an incident described as a hate crime by her daughter. This is the second such incident against Indian-origin people in the country in two weeks after a man was filmed shouting abuses at an Indian family and at a family of Indian expatriates and accusing them of spreading Covid-19. Then man asked the family to “go back” and said they were “spreading the virus here”.

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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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Your Condominium Admin Can Mandate Coronavirus Test: Ismail Sabri

Kuala Lumpur: The management staff of your condominium has the right to make the coronavirus tests mandatory, senior minister Ismail Sabri said today. The administration, he said, may ask the residents to submit to Covid-19 tests and bar those who fail to comply. Several condo managements have set up this requirement recently. “Yes they can. To ensure the safety of residents, the management of condominium or apartments can make such rules,” the minister said.

In another important development, the minister annnounced that an extension of operating hours for the essential businesses until 10pm, starting from tomorrow.

The essential businesses include – supermarkets, pharmacies, sundry shops, convenient stores, optometrists, laundrettes and pet shops. Ismail Sabri Yaakob that forestry and timber industry related businesses are also allowed to opearate till 10 pm. The move comes weeks after the government extended business hours for restaurants to 10pm.

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Kedah MB’s Office Closed After Staff Diagnosed With Coronavirus

Kuala Lumpur: The office of the Kedah Menteri Besar has been called shut after diagnosis of a staff with coronavirus. The premises will be closed for functioning between January 31 to February 2.  The Covid case was found in a state government department located in the building. The Kedah Integrity and Governance Department, located in the same building, will also be closed effective today until February 6.

Entire premises will be sanitised and all its staff to be self-quarantined in the during this period. 
Meanwhile, the Kedah State Water Resources Board said its operations were also closed from today until Feb 6.

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Not Covid-19, Muhyiddin Yassin’s Government Responsible For FDI Drop: Anwar Ibrahim

Kuala Lumpur: Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today said that the federal government led by PM Muhyiddin Yassin is responsible for the sharp drop in foreign direct investment in Malaysia.

Anwar said that the government, and not the “covid-19 excuse”, is there to blame for the situation. As per a report by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Malaysia has seen a fall of 68% when it comes to foreign direct investment, which is way below than Singapore(37% to US$58 billion), Indonesia (24% to US$18 billion) and Vietnam (10% to US$14 billion).

“We suffered the worst, dropping by 68%, compared with other Asean countries. So, what excuse does the government have?” he asked. Anwar Ibrahim said that Putrajaya should learn from Indonesia and the Philippines on how to manage the pandemic more effectively.

Anwar further said that Malaysia’s political crisis is the main reason as to why big companies are choosing other countries, instead of Malaysia.

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