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COVID-19: 88 recoveries, 70 new cases, one death – Health DG

PUTRAJAYA The daily new COVID-19 cases in Malaysia have remained at two digits with 70 reported today, bringing the cumulative figure to 6,726, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said another 88 cases have recovered and were discharged today, raising the total number of recoveries to 5,113, or 76 per cent of the cumulative figure for positive cases.

“Thirty-one of the 70 new cases are foreigners. The 70 new cases comprise 13 imported cases and 57 local transmissions.

“Therefore, the number of active COVID-19 cases with infectivity is 1,504,” he told a daily COVID-19 news conference here today.

Dr Noor Hisham said 20 cases were still being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with seven requiring ventilator support.

He said one fatality was reported today, bringing the death toll to 109, or 1.62 per cent of the total number of positive cases.

“The 109th death, which was case 6,657, was a 63-year-old Malaysian man with a history of diabetes and liver cancer. He was admitted to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital on May 8 and died at 5.15 am on May 10,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the Rapid Test Kit (RTK) Antibody serology testing using blood samples from finger pricks cannot be used for confirmation tests.

He said this was because the presence of antibodies could not confirm active infection while negative antibody results could not guarantee that the individual being tested was not infected with COVID-19.

However, RTK Antibody tests can be used for conducting studies on the prevalence of infection in a community or among target groups like workers in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO), he said.

“For now, there is no solid evidence from scientific studies to show that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection,” he said.

As such, he stressed that detection of the COVID-19 virus would be based on antigens, that is through the Real Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) or RTK Antigen tests.

Both these tests require the taking of nasopharyngeal (NPS) swabs by trained personnel using suitable personal protective equipment and laboratory equipment like Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC) when processing the collected sample, he added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

COVID-19: Malaysia contributes medical equipment to Palestine

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia yesterday sent medical equipment to Palestine through Jordan on a chartered AirAsia plane.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the contributions were the result of discussions between Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“It includes one million units of masks, 500,000 units of gloves and 500 units of face shields. Hopefully, these contributions from Malaysia can help the people of #COVID19. InsyaAllah,” he said in his posting on his official Facebook today.

He added that 20 Malaysians in Jordan and 345 in Goa, India, including students at  USM Belgaum (Bangalore) and MSU-IMS will be brought home on the same flight which brought the equipment to Palestine.

The aircraft will pick up the Malaysians in Jordan, and head to Goa before returning to Kuala Lumpur tonight.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

14,265 COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, deaths at 991

JAKARTA Positive COVID-19 cases in Indonesia continue to rise to 14,265 cases, with death tolls now at 991.

Indonesian Government spokesman on COVID-19, Achmad Yurianto said another 18 deaths occurred within 24 hours.

“For the period 12 noon yesterday to 12 noon today, 233 new cases were added, making the positive case increase to 14,265 cases,” he said.

The province of Jakarta recorded the highest number of deaths, namely 441 cases, followed by East Java (149), Central Java (95) and the rest in other regions in Indonesia.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Police to seek remand extension for Patrick Teoh

JOHOR BAHRU The police will apply for the extension of remand for actor and radio announcer Patrick Teoh from the Magistrate’s Court here tomorrow.

Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said this was to enable the police to complete the investigation papers as Teoh was uncooperative in the initial investigations.

“The remand period will end tomorrow but we are still unable to complete the papers because he did not cooperate. He has forgotten all of his passwords including for his email. His handphone was also lost a day before he was called for investigations. 

“So, according to Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, we will be applying for the remand to be extended for another three to four days,” he told a press conference here today.

Ayob Khan was replying to a question on whether Teoh will be charged in court tomorrow following the expiry of his remand.

Teoh was remanded since yesterday following his arrest in Petaling Jaya, Selangor on May 9, to facilitate investigations into his allegedly insulting remarks about Tunku Mahkota of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, and the Johor royal institution.

In another development, Ayob Khan said a police station deputy chief was arrested yesterday for allegedly molesting two female police volunteers in Muar, between Wednesday and Friday.

He said the remand process was underway for the 55-year-old man.

“We have opened an investigation paper according to Section 354 of the Penal Code for outraging modesty and we will investigate thoroughly.

“If there is a basis to charge a policeman or an officer, I will make sure they are arrested. I do not compromise in cases like this, and those who took advantage of any female personnel will face stern action,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Petronas contributes essential items, fuel card to needy families

KOTA BHARU 900 needy families in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang have received a contribution of essential items and fuel cards from Yayasan Petronas and Petronas Dagangan Bhd (PDB) for Hari Raya and to lighten their load during the COVID-19 crisis.

Donated under the Sentuhan Kasih Petronas corporate social responsibility programme, the contribution was channelled through the Social Welfare Department (JKM) in Kota Bharu, Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Tumpat, Kemaman, Dungun, Kuala Nerus, Kuantan and Kuala Lipis.

“It is hoped that the contribution brings happiness as they prepare for Hari Raya which is coming soon,” said Petronas east coast general manager, Che Ahmad Tarmizi A. Rahman, in a statement today.

He said 5,000 needy families across the country will be receiving contributions totalling RM1 million for the upcoming Kaamatan and Gawai festivals in East Malaysia as well.

Distribution of the contributions by over 100 PDB dealers, as well as JKM representatives plus Petronas and Yayasan Petronas volunteers, started on May 4 and will end June 5.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

COVID-19 : Singapore to convert areas at racecourse into CRFS for foreign workers

SINGAPORE Selected areas of the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji will be temporarily converted into Community Recovery Facilities (CRFs) for recovering foreign workers from COVID-19 infection.

The areas include the Multi-Storey Carpark and Car Park B at the Racecourse and the sheltered arena at Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre.

These selected areas are demarcated as restricted zones with no access to the public, Singapore Turf Club said in its website today.

The Club said the construction and building works of the CRFs at the two areas are scheduled to be completed by end May 2020.

“The works will be carried out based on approved protocols and procedures by government agencies, ensuring the safety and health of the workers and the equine facilities,” it said.

The CRFs are an integral part of Singapore’s medical strategy to deploy medical resources optimally and prevent its healthcare system from being overwhelmed.

It will allow patients who are clinically stable to recover from COVID-19.

Tote Board and Singapore Turf Club are working with government agencies for the conversion. 

In line with the republic’s tighter circuit breaker measure, the Club had announced that all Singapore race meetings will continue to be suspended until June 1, 2020.

Singapore’s infection tally currently stands at 23, 822, with foreign workers at dorms dominating about 90 per cent of the cases.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

COVID-19: NS welfare dept office closes for disinfection

SEREMBAN The office of the Negeri Sembilan Social Welfare Department (JKM) in Seremban will be closed for two days starting today for disinfection works.

State Women, Family and Welfare Committee chairman Nicole Tan Lee Koon, in a statement here today, said this has to be carried out after an employee was tested positive for COVID-19.

“The department’s office will reopen on Wednesday (May 13). Thank you for those who are asking but I’m not affected as I am not in close contact with the employee.

“However,  my Exco office will remain open because we do not share the same office space with the state JKM,” she said.

Yesterday, Negeri Sembilan recorded a total of 45 new cases, bringing the cumulative number of COVID-19 infection to 726 cases.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)