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COVID-19: 47 new cases reported today – Health D-G

— A total of 47 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported today, of which 45 were local transmissions and two imported cases, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the 45 local transmissions comprised 28 Malaysians and 17 foreigners while the two imported cases involved foreigners from Maldives (one case in Kuala Lumpur) and Morocco (one case in Selangor).

He said that with the 47 new cases today, the cumulative total number of positive COVID-19 cases now was 9,915, with 591 active cases.

“So far, nine patients are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with four needing respiratory assistance.

“Seven patients have recovered, taking the cumulative total number of recoveries to 9,196 cases,” he said in a statement today.

He said no fatalities were reported today and the death toll remains at 128.

On the Benteng Lahad Datu Cluster in Sabah, Dr Noor Hisham said a total of 4,666 people were screened and 22 tested positive today, taking the overall tally from this cluster to 403 cases.

“In Tawau, 3,408 people were screened and 315 tested positive while 88 out of the 1,258 screened in Lahad Datu tested positive.

“The 403 cases detected in the cluster involve 383 detainees, two personnel, three family members of staff and detainees as well as 15 social contacts,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said that of the 403 cases from the cluster, 176 were Malaysians while 227 were foreigners from the Philippines (152 cases) and Indonesia (75 cases).

As for the Tawar Cluster in Kedah, 13 new cases were reported today following the screening of 18,233 people, including 649 health workers.

Dr Noor Hisham said that all the new Tawar Cluster cases were detected in Kedah, thus taking the overall tally to 81 cases.

As for the Sungai Cluster, he said a total of 14,044 individuals were screened and only one tested positive in Kedah today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Six new positive cases, five local infections – Health D-G

KUALA LUMPUR Six positive COVID-19 cases were reported within 24 hours, with five involving domestic transmission, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

 

He said, with the latest development until 12 noon, the total number of cumulative positive cases of the epidemic in the country was 9,291 cases while the active cases with COVID-19 infection were 188 cases.

 

According to him, the five cases of contagion in the country were among Malaysians in Kedah, namely, three cases from the Tawar Cluster while there were one each Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) and the symptomatic screening cases, both at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, Alor Setar.

 

 

 

 

“I would like to inform that of the six new cases reported, one case is an import case that has been infected abroad, namely Singapore involving a non-citizen. This import case was reported in Selangor,” he said in a statement today.

 

He added that there were seven COVID-19 cases that had recovered today making the cumulative number of cases that had fully recovered from the pandemic at 8,978 cases, namely, 96.6 per cent of the total cases.

 

To date, nine positive COVID-19 cases were being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), of which six cases required respiratory assistance while no increase in COVID-19-related deaths was reported today, he said.

 

 

“Therefore, the cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia remains at 125 cases, namely, 1.35 per cent of the total number of cases,” he said.

 

Touching on the Tawar Cluster, he said with the addition of the three cases from the cluster today, the total number of cases detected positive COVID-19 in this cluster was 73 cases.

 

As of 12 noon today, 4,051 people have been screened in the Kedah, Penang and Perak clusters, of which in Kedah 3,514 individuals had been screened and 62 cases were found positive, 2,884 individuals were found negative while 568 are still awaiting their results.

 

“In Penang, 526 were screened, 11 were found positive, 513 were negative and two were still waiting for results while in Perak there were 11 screenings which were all negative. There are no new screenings,” he said.

 

Dr Noor Hisham said the Ministry of Health had carried out various public health interventions including COVID-19 infection prevention activities for the Tawar Cluster, and they had been carried out in collaboration with various other agencies.

 

“The measures were taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection in this cluster, especially in the state of Kedah which has reported 85 per cent of the positive cases in this cluster,” he said.

 

Other measures taken were to actively enhance case detection pursuits, enhance enforcement of compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs), close the schools and premises involved to conduct disinfection and decontamination activities.

 

In addition, he said the ministry was also enhancing risk communication, including informing the current situation of COVID-19 in the affected areas through the mass media.

 

“These activities are still ongoing in the field including close contact screening of COVID-19 positive cases. The current situation of the clusters will be informed from time to time,” he said.

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MOH proposes RMCO be extended – Dr Adham

KULAI The Ministry of Health (MOH) has recommended that the National Security Council (MKN) extends the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) beyond Aug 31 when it is scheduled to end.

 

Its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said that the recommendation was following the World Health Organisation (WHO) expecting the COVID -19 outbreak to last for at least two years.

 

He said that the two-year period was a long time and various efforts have been implemented by the government, including embracing new norms to enable people to understand the common need to address the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

 

“For the RMCO which will end on Aug 31, the MOH has made a recommendation to the MKN and also to the Prime Minister for it to continue until the situation is under control. So it is up to the Prime Minister to announce it in the near future.

 

“We can see certain countries are still struggling with increasing number of cases while we, here, are still strengthening and controlling the country’s entry points and borders well,” he said.

 

He said this to reporters after officiating the ‘Socso Prihatin’ programme at the Felda Bukit Besar hall today.

 

 

Also present were Socso chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azman Aziz Mohammed and Johor Socso director Tong Sing Chuan.

 

He said that the MOH would continue to implement the active tracking method through the MySejahtera application, and customer record books, to identify individuals involved in COVID-19 clusters.

 

When asked to comment on the RM1,000 fine imposed on the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali he said that it relied on the decision set by the authorities.

 

“That (RM1,000 fine) has been resolved. Health director-general (Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah) has already commented on the issue on Twitter.

 

“We (MOH) look at various angles. It is the maximum compound of RM1,000 (under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342), if anyone (authorities) want to bring on other charges, it is up to them,” he said.

 

Earlier, the MOH in its statement, said that Mohd Khairuddin committed offences under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 and Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

 

It provides for a maximum fine of RM1,000 or six months imprisonment or both, upon conviction.

 

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

COVID-19: 10 new cases recorded, eight imported – Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR There were 10 new COVID-19 cases reported today involving eight import cases with two local transmissions, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

 

He said this brings the total number of positive COVID-19 cases to 9,267 with 183 active infectivity cases.

 

Dr Noor Hisham said the eight import cases involved three locals and five non-residents.

 

 

 

“From the eight import cases, three in Sarawak were from Japan, three cases were from Indonesia (two cases in Selangor and one in Kuala Lumpur) as well as one case each from Maldives and Mexico in Kuala Lumpur.

 

“Both local transmissions involving Malaysians were from the Tawar Cluster in Kedah,” he said in a statement today.

 

Apart from that, Dr Noor Hisham said 10 people had recovered from COVID-19 today, making the cumulative number of patients who recovered to 8,959 cases which is 96.7 per cent of the overall total number of cases.

 

 

He said there were no deaths reported today and the overall fatalities due to the virus remained at 125 cases.

 

He said to date, nine positive cases are being treated at intensive care unit with four patients requiring respiratory assistance.

 

On the Tawar cluster in Kedah, Dr Noor Hisham announced two new cases from the cluster bringing the number of COVID-19 infections in the cluster to 65 cases.

 

“As at 12 noon today, 3,286 people from the cluster have been screened. In Kedah, 2,758 were tested with 54 positive cases detected while 2,362 individuals were found negative and 342 individuals are still waiting for results.

 

“In Penang, 517 people were screened with 11 positive cases detected while 506 individuals were negative. In Perak, all 11 screenings turned up negative and there were no new testings carried out,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, three new cases were reported in the Alam cluster in Sarawak while 27 people were tested as at noon today.

 

“From the total, seven were found positive while 18 individuals were tested negative and two are still waiting for results,” he said.

 

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

Jepak Holdings gave 10 per cent of solar hybrid project as political contribution to Najib through Rosmah, court told

– The High Court was told today that former Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin had intended to make a political contribution to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as a token of appreciation following the company’s success in securing the solar hybrid project in Sarawak from the Education Ministry.

Since Najib, who was then prime minister, was a busy man, Saidi, who is the 17th prosecution witness, said he decided to give the donation through the wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and the matter was conveyed to Rosmah’s aide then, Datuk Rizal Mansor.

Saidi, 61, was testifying in Rosmah’s trial case regarding the RM1.25 billion hybrid solar project involving 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

He agreed with lawyer Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader, representing Rosmah, that the political contribution was given for Barisan Nasional (BN) and UMNO’s political stability.

Akberdin: As a token of appreciation for the minute by the (then) prime minister on Dec 1, 2015 approving the solar project, you want to make contribution for the political stability of BN and UMNO?

Saidi: Yes.

Akberdin: After expressing the intention to Rizal, you asked him to arrange a meeting with Rosmah?

Saidi: Yes

Akberdin: After and before going to the prime minister’s residence, you discussed with Rizal and mentioned your intention to give 10 per cent of the value of the project as political contribution?

Saidi: Yes

Rosmah is facing one charge of soliciting RM187.5 million and two counts of receiving bribes totalling RM6.5 million from Saidi.

The bribes were allegedly received through her former aide, Datuk Rizal Mansor, as a reward for helping Jepak Holdings secure the Hybrid Photovoltaic Solar System Integrated Project, as well as the maintenance and operation of diesel gen-sets, for 369 Sarawak rural schools worth RM1.25 billion from the Education Ministry through direct negotiation.

The acts were allegedly committed at Lygon Cafe, Sunway Putra Mall, Jalan Putra here; Rosmah’s residence at Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta and at Seri Perdana, Persiaran Seri Perdana, Precinct 10, Putrajaya between January 2016 and Sept 2017.

Najib was UMNO president and the BN chairman then, and held the posts until after the 14th General Election in 2018 when Pakatan Harapan took over the federal government’s leadership.

Meanwhile, Saidi, who confirmed having resigned as managing director of Jepak Holdings and sold his shares in the company, was also asked by Akberdin about Rosmah’s reaction after he expressed his intention to make the political contribution at Rosmah’s residence in Jalan Langgak Duta here, between January and February 2016.

Akberdin: After you made the offer, Rosmah did not respond, she just kept quiet?

Saidi: She only said “hemm”.

Akberdin: Rosmah also did not bargain, (like) for the 10 per cent to be increased to 15 per cent?

Saidi: Correct.

Akberdin: Prior to this, deputy public prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram asked you whether, after you offered to give the 10 per cent political contribution, Rosmah rejected and told you to leave, and you said she did not. Do you agree that Rosmah also did not say “accept”.

Saidi: She kept quiet.

In his testimony previously, Saidi, when reading out his witness statement, said he had handed over RM6.5 million as promised to Rosmah for political contributions

The hearing before judge Hakim Mohamed Zaini Mazlan continues tomorrow.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Singapore reports 100 new cases, two imported

SINGAPORE There were 100 new COVID-19 cases reported in Singapore in the past 24 hours with two of them imported, bringing the total to 55,938.

According to brief data released by the republic’s Ministry of Health (MOH) today, both the imported cases had been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.

Based on its investigations so far, the ministry said there was one case in the community who is a Singaporean.

The vast majority of the cases, meanwhile, involve work permit holders currently under quarantine.

In full data released late Monday, the ministry said there were about 18,600 workers still serving out their quarantine period.

As at noon yesterday, the republic had classified 812 of the reported cases as imported, 2,206 as community cases and 52,820 as dorm residents.

A total of 52,350 patients or about 94 per cent of the cumulative number of cases have fully recovered from the infection and been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

Meanwhile, 82 confirmed cases are still in hospital but none in the intensive care unit.

A total of 3,379 patients who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still tested positive for COVID-19, have been isolated and are being cared for at community facilities.

To date, 27 people have died from complications due to COVID-19 in the republic.

While no new cluster was identified, three more clusters have been closed.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Former Deputy Minister suggests use of bracelet with GPS for those under quarantine

KUALA LUMPUR Opposition members in Parliament today suggested the Health Ministry to use bracelets installed with the GPS system for individuals who are required to undergo mandatory home quarantine, especially those who return from abroad.

Referring to the COVID-19 positive cases from the Sivagangga cluster in Kedah as an example, Dr Lee Boon Chye (PH-Gopeng) said there were weaknesses in the enforcement of the quarantine order under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

“There were cases of individuals returning from India have wandered everywhere causing the spread of the virus,” he said when debating the Temporary Measures for Government Financing (Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)) Bill 2020 in the Dewan Rakyat today.

The former Deputy Health Minister also suggested the Health Ministry to send a special research team to study the cluster to be able to understand the mechanism of the COVID-19 infection better and to draw up ways of preventing the spread of the virus in future.

“The Sivagangga Cluster provides a ‘golden opportunity’ to understand how COVID-19 infection occurs. This is because we can clearly identify zero case, when the zero case occurred we are actually in a state of local infection at zero level, especially in Kedah, at that time,” he added .

Dr Lee also suggested that the allocation for public health programmes and the number of the Health Ministry staff to be increased by at least 20 percent in the next government planning following the COVID-19 pandemic, which has burdened all quarters, especially the Health Ministry.

The debate on the bill turned ‘hot’ when Teresa Kok (PH-Seputeh), who interrupted Dr Lee’s, claimed that there a minister went abroad, but did not undergo the 14-day quarantine 14 days after returning home.

According to Kok, the minister went on an unofficial visit to Turkey from July 3 to 7, and attended the Parliament sitting last July 13.

This created a furor among several other opposition MP members including R.S.N Rayer (PH-Jelutong), Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil (PH-Lembah Pantai) and Datuk Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar (PH-Kuala Langat).

“There should be a ruling on this immediately… a minister not complying with the government’s own SOP (standard operating procedure),” Rayer said.

However, his request was rejected by the Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, but told Rayer to write a letter related to the issue to him for further action.

Ahmad Fahmi, when debating the same bill, also asked the Health Minister to provide an explanation for the claim made by Seputeh MP.

“Is is true the minister went to Turkey. Is there any truth in what was said by Seputeh MP, and if it is true, how come the minister is not wearing pick bracelet,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency