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COVID-19: Selangor postpones all large-scale events

PELABUHAN KLANG, March 12 — Selangor has put on hold all its large-scale events, effective immediately.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said among postponed programmes were Selangor Land Carnival 2020 and Selangor Job Fair 2020 which were scheduled to be held this weekend.

“Following the declaration that COVID-19 is now a pandemic, all large-scale events will be postponed with immediate effect until the situation improved.

“The private sector is also advised to postpone non-critical programmes following the two-fold increase in COVID-19 infection currently, which has the potential to continue to spread,” he told reporters after visiting Westports Malaysia here today.

On the state assembly sitting anticipated to start this Monday for two weeks, Amirudin said it would be held as scheduled with a tightened precautionary measure.

Besides health check, hand sanitisers and face masks will be provided to all involved, he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: UiTM postpones convocation at all campuses

SHAH ALAM, March 12 — Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) today decided to postpone its 92nd convocation ceremony scheduled for March 24 to April 16, at all campuses nationwide.

Vice-chancellor Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim said the decision was made after taking into consideration the COVID-19 report issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday.

“Following the announcement of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, UiTM’s executive management at a special meeting today decided to postpone the convocation ceremony with immediate effect until a new date is announced.

“UiTM management needs to take proactive measures for the health and safety of all university and community members,” he said in a statement here today.

Mohd Azraai also expressed his appreciation for the support and cooperation of all parties in the decision on the postponement.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: UiTM postpones convocation at all campuses

SHAH ALAM, March 12 — Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) today decided to postpone its 92nd convocation ceremony scheduled for March 24 to April 16, at all campuses nationwide.

Vice-chancellor Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim said the decision was made after taking into consideration the COVID-19 report issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday.

“Following the announcement of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, UiTM’s executive management at a special meeting today decided to postpone the convocation ceremony with immediate effect until a new date is announced.

“UiTM management needs to take proactive measures for the health and safety of all university and community members,” he said in a statement here today.

Mohd Azraai also expressed his appreciation for the support and cooperation of all parties in the decision on the postponement.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19 : Nine new cases in Singapore, two linked to mosque gathering in Malaysia

SINGAPORE, March 12 – Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed nine more cases of COVID-19 infection in the republic, with two linked to a mass religious gathering at a mosque in Malaysia.

In a statement today, MOH said the cases involved male Singapore citizens, aged 29 and 48, both of whom had attended the gathering.

Both were confirmed to have COVID-19 infection this morning, and were currently warded in isolation rooms at the city-state’s National Centre for Infectious Diseases, it said.

With the new development, the COVID-19 tally in the republic now stands at 187.

Earlier, in KUALA LUMPUR, the Malaysian Health Ministry had confirmed that a Malaysian man had contracted COVID-19 at the mosque gathering in Malaysia’s federal capital.

Both were confirmed to have COVID-19 infection this morning, and were currently warded in isolation rooms at the city-state’s National Centre for Infectious Diseases, it said.

With the new development, the COVID-19 tally in the republic now stands at 187.

Earlier, in KUALA LUMPUR, the Malaysian Health Ministry had confirmed that a Malaysian man had contracted COVID-19 at the mosque gathering in Malaysia’s federal capital.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: HTJS shortens visiting hours

SEREMBAN, March 12 — The Tuanku Jaafar Hospital Seremban (HTJS) has shortened its visiting hours after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the spread of COVID-19 as a pandemic, and the hike in cases in Malaysia.

State Health Department (Public Health) deputy director Dr Mohammad Faid Abd Rashid said a ban on bringing children under 12 years old to the hospital would also be tightened.

‘’The visiting hours have been shortened to 1 pm until 2 pm and 5 pm until 6.30 pm daily including general holidays and public holidays (Saturday and Sunday).

‘’The proactive measure is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among visitors, patients and the staff of HTJS,’’ he said here today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Dewan Negara Caucus sets up two Working Committees

KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 — The second meeting of the Dewan Negara Caucus which convened today has agreed to establish the COVID-19 Working Committee Group.

Chaired by senator Mohd Yusmadi Mohd Yusoff, the meeting also agreed to set up the Dewan Negara Caucus Anti-Hopping Law Working Committee Group.

“Both committees are set up to enable Dewan Negara members to assist the government in addressing critical issues of public interest and those that bring impact on the economy and public health,” said Mohd Yusmadi in a statement here today.

The Dewan Negara Caucus serves as a platform to fine tune and discuss issues of public interests.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Catholic Church in Peninsular Malaysia suspends all public masses

KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 — In response to the Health Ministry’s advisory to postpone all mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Catholic Church in Peninsular Malaysia is suspending all public masses starting this weekend.

The Catholic Bishops of Peninsular Malaysia, in a joint statement today, said that all weekend and weekday public masses will be suspended from March 14 (or March 13 if the state’s weekend begins on Friday) to March 29, 2020.

“This coincides with the public school holidays. We, therefore, exempt all Catholics from fulfilling their Sunday obligation of assisting and attending mass during this period,” the statement said, adding that the exemption is a temporary measure in the face of the current crisis.

The statement was signed by three bishops, namely Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Most Reverend Julian Leow, Bishop of Penang Right Reverend Sebastian Francis and Bishop of Malacca-Johor Right Reverend Bernard Paul.

Besides that, other church activities such as catechism classes, meetings, gatherings, formations and fellowship sessions need to be cancelled or placed on hold during the suspension period, while any weddings or funerals are to be conducted privately with guests limited to immediate family members and close friends.

With the suspension of public masses on Sundays and weekdays, the bishops said, watching the televised masses could serve as a form of spiritual ‘devotion’.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency