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653,531 individuals complete both doses of COVID-19 vaccine

— A total of 653,531 individuals in the first phase of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme have completed receiving both doses of their vaccine shots as of yesterday.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said a total of 425,164 individuals were given the first dose during the same period, bringing the total number of doses administered so far to 1,078,695

Based on an infographic shared on his official Twitter page today, Selangor recorded the state with the highest recipients of the first dose, at 90,267, followed by Kuala Lumpur (67,671), Sarawak (67,300), Johor (59,842) and Sabah (55,349).

Selangor also recorded the highest number of recipients who had completed both doses, totalling 59,657 individuals, followed by Perak (47,098), Sabah (42,649), Kuala Lumpur (36,648) and Pahang (32,852).

On the number of registrations for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, Dr Adham said, it was 8,760,857 or 36.10 per cent as of yesterday with Selangor recording the highest number with 2,319,791 registrations.

According to the immunisation programme, the implementation period of the first phase of vaccination is from February to April, involving 500,000 frontliners, including health workers.

The programme will continue with the second phase, from April to August this year involving 9.4 million senior citizens, aged 60 and above, as well as the vulnerable groups with morbidity problems, in addition to persons with disabilities.

The third phase scheduled from May to February 2022 is for individuals aged 18 and above, targeting about 14 million people.

Meanwhile, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the COVID-19 infectivity rate or Ro/Rt based on daily cases in the country was 1.14 as of yesterday.

Based on the infographic shared on his Twitter account, Terengganu recorded the highest Rt of 1.30, while Penang recorded the lowest Rt of 0.89.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MOH, Bookdoc launch KOSPEN initiative to promote healthy lifestyle

— As concerns relating to public health receive increasing focus during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with BookDoc, a digital healthcare platform, has launched the “Komuniti Sihat Pembina Negara” (KOSPEN) initiative, aimed to promote a healthy lifestyle among Malaysians.

BookDoc’s founder and chief executive officer Datuk Chevy Beh said the COVID-19 pandemic was humanity’s biggest challenge in modern times and to win this invisible enemy, it’s their responsibility to act swiftly as events unfold in order to stop the spread of the virus.

“We believe that promoting a healthy lifestyle and improving overall immunity via wellness initiatives will help Malaysians to get through this pandemic,” he said in a statement today.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the ministry was happy to be working with BookDoc on healthy lifestyle initiatives.

“Malaysia is one of the most obese countries in Asia and according to latest statistics, one out of four Malaysian adults suffer from obesity,” he said.

MOH is currently working with BookDoc on several initiatives including lab uberisation, online appointments, webinars on COVID-19 matters, combating non-communicable diseases via the KOSPEN Activ initiative and PDPA and HIPAA compliant teleconsultations on mental health.

BookDoc is available for free on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Huawei App Gallery.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MOH proposes interstate travel for Aidilfitri be postponed

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has proposed that the interstate travel for the upcoming Aidilfitri celebrations be postponed as the COVID-19 situation in the country is still worrying.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the proposal was also following complaints and appeals from various quarters for the government to postpone the lifting of the interstate travel ban.

“As we all know, most states are currently under CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order) and RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) until April 28.

“As daily cases are still rising and not yet stable, this interstate travel needs to be postponed. The vaccination programme (National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme) is also still ongoing,” he told a press conference after launching a book entitled ‘Malaysia Health Sector Response to COVID-19: Perspectives from the Field’ at his office here today.

Malaysia recorded 1,889 COVID-19 cases yesterday (April 14) compared to 1,767 cases on Tuesday.

Asked whether those who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be given an exemption for the interstate travel, Dr Adham said the ministry was still waiting for the input from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Meanwhile, he said the ministry received complaints about non-compliance of standard operating procedures (SOP) at several Ramadan bazaars throughout the country.

He said the government viewed the matter seriously and did not rule out the possibility of the Ramadan bazaar being closed if there were new clusters originated from bazaar activities.

“If the organisers are not responsible, we will not hesitate to issue a compound,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Man burnt to death in car

— A 48-year-old man was burnt to death after his car caught fire at Jalan Bagan Seberang, Kampung Kuala Gula in Bagan Serai today.

Kuala Kurau Fire and Rescue station chief Muhamad Irham Mohd Zin said it received a distress call at 10.41 am.

“When the firemen arrived, the Honda car was almost 90 per cent burnt,” he said when contacted.

He said the victim was identified as Ong Yean Tong.

Meanwhile, Kerian Police chief Supt Mazuki Mat said initial investigation found no criminal element in the incident and the victim’s body was taken to the Parit Buntar Hospital.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Upward trend with 1,889 new cases recorded

— The number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia has continued to show an upward trend in the last two days, with 1,889 cases recorded today compared with 1,767 cases yesterday.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the latest developments brought the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 365,829.

Sharing the information on his Twitter account, Dr Noor Hisham said that Selangor recorded the highest number of cases at 517, followed by Sarawak with 489 and Kelantan with 226.

Perlis, which recorded zero cases yesterday, reported three new cases today.

Dr Noor Hisham, in a statement, also said that a total of 1,485 recovered cases were reported today, bringing the total number of recoveries to 347,780.

Eight deaths were also recorded today, bringing the cumulative number of deaths to 1,353, he said.

The deaths involved five cases in Sarawak and one each in Sabah, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

“A total of 204 cases are being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while 79 cases require respiratory assistance,” he said.

Meanwhile, another seven new clusters were also identified today, involving six workplace clusters and one community cluster.

The workplace clusters are Jalan Khidmat Cluster and Batu Sepuluh Cluster in Sabah; Jalan Mohd Taib Cluster in Selangor; Jalan Sempilai Cluster in Penang; Permatang Berangan Cluster in Kedah and Jalan Gapam Cluster in Melaka.

The community cluster identified is the Jalan Sahadi Cluster in Selangor, he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Upward trend with 1,889 new cases recorded

— The number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia has continued to show an upward trend in the last two days, with 1,889 cases recorded today compared with 1,767 cases yesterday.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the latest developments brought the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 365,829.

Sharing the information on his Twitter account, Dr Noor Hisham said that Selangor recorded the highest number of cases at 517, followed by Sarawak with 489 and Kelantan with 226.

Perlis, which recorded zero cases yesterday, reported three new cases today.

Dr Noor Hisham, in a statement, also said that a total of 1,485 recovered cases were reported today, bringing the total number of recoveries to 347,780.

Eight deaths were also recorded today, bringing the cumulative number of deaths to 1,353, he said.

The deaths involved five cases in Sarawak and one each in Sabah, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

“A total of 204 cases are being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while 79 cases require respiratory assistance,” he said.

Meanwhile, another seven new clusters were also identified today, involving six workplace clusters and one community cluster.

The workplace clusters are Jalan Khidmat Cluster and Batu Sepuluh Cluster in Sabah; Jalan Mohd Taib Cluster in Selangor; Jalan Sempilai Cluster in Penang; Permatang Berangan Cluster in Kedah and Jalan Gapam Cluster in Melaka.

The community cluster identified is the Jalan Sahadi Cluster in Selangor, he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19 screening extended to two more villages in Hulu Besut

–The COVID-19 screening programme has been extended to two villages located close to the areas placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Hulu Besut,

State Health Department director Dr Nor Azimi Yunus said since yesterday, screenings have been conducted in Kampung Pak Sik and Felcra Keruak located near Kampung Belaoh, Kampung Keruak and the Belaoh Baru PPRT which have been under EMCO since last Wednesday, after the Belaoh Cluster was detected.

“The screening programme at the two villages will involve 1,094 residents as some of them have been in contact with people in the three villages placed under EMCO,” she told reporters after monitoring the screening process at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Keruak today.

Nor Azimi does not rule out the possibility that there would be an increase in positive cases in the five villages following the ongoing screenings.

“Currently, the infectivity rate (Rt) in Terengganu is 1.53 but two weeks ago the state recorded the lowest Rt at 0.53,” she said.

The Belaoh cluster identified on April 6, is a community cluster involving Besut and Marang districts in Terengganu and Bachok district in Kelantan.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency