Wed, April 1, 12:27 PM: We have officially entered the second phase of the MCO and it is sternly advised that the public should stay at home, wash their hands and always practise social distancing. During the first phase, the number of positive cases increased tremendously and occasionally plateaued as well.
To curb the spread of the virus, the government has announced that all returning Malaysians from overseas would have to undergo a 14-day quarantine and will be sent to government quarantine centres as soon as they land.
With 140 new cases reported yesterday, cases in Malaysia now stands at 2,766 with 58 new recoveries and 43 deaths. Health Director-General, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has reported that the highest number of cases were from these two age groups: 26-30 years old with 180 cases and 56-60 years old with 182 cases.
It is also confirmed that another residency area has been affected. The individual who was been tested positive for COVID-19 was from the PV12 Platinum Lake Condominium that’s located at Setapak. The apartment will undergo disinfection works.
As for the fate of Ramadan bazaars this year, the Health Director-General stated that it is important to take all precautionary measures to break the chain of the COVID-19 infections. But if Malaysians insist to continue, then crowd control measure would have to be implemented.
“We need to practise the current standard operating procedures and guidelines.”
Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa also mentioned that the Ramadan bazaars would be modified beginning this year to prevent congestion at stalls, reported Free Malaysia Today.
“Just because Singapore or other parties have announced that there will be no bazaars this year does not mean we will say the same thing.”
He also said that the bazaars would not be cancelled because it is needed by the people.
“We have to think of the needs of rural folks who do not have the time to cook after returning from work,” he said.
Tues, March 31, 12:34 PM: As of now, the reported cases in total now stands at 2,626 with 479 recoveries and 2 new deaths making it 37 deaths in total.
The second phase of the MCO starts from tomorrow, April 1 until April 14 and with that, the government has implemented an 8-8 rule — shorter operating hours for businesses.
Current update on the new ceiling price for face masks will start tomorrow as well and is sold at RM1.50 per piece.
“The issue in Malaysia is that not enough masks are produced domestically, thus leading to a reliance on imports. We will review the price from time to time, and if the costs can be lowered, we will reduce the ceiling price accordingly,” Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
At the same time, it has been reported that the authorities have confirmed 17 COVID-19 cases and have ordered a complete lockdown of Menara City One. The Defence Minister also said that the lockdown will come under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) and it will take effect starting from today (March 31) to April 13. In order to contain the virus from spreading, all 3,200 residents in 502 residential units will not be allowed to leave the building.
Mon, March 30, 10:56 AM: So if the MCO wasn’t extended, it would be our last day of being in partial lockdown. But with that not happening, the Malaysian government has confirmed the extend to April 18.
Over the weekend, the cases increased drastically from 2,031 to 2,470 with 388 recoveries and 35 deaths.
A little spark of good news is that in contrast to the highest spike of cases in a day, yesterday (March 29) happened to be Malaysia’s highest number of (68) patients to make recovery in a day.
Meanwhile, the devastating part is 150 new cases were recorded.
Also, Malaysia is among several countries selected by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to carry out the clinical trial on the effectiveness of a drug called Remdesevir to treat Covid-19 patients. The MOH will treat the patients and monitor all side effects and its effectiveness.
12:43 PM: There are at least 11 COVID-19 red zones in Malaysia and those places are Lembah Pantai (167 cases), Petaling Jaya (167 cases), Hulu Langat (132 cases), Seremban (78 cases), Johor Bahru (68 cases), Kluang (54 cases), Gombak (53 cases), Tititwangsa (49 cases), Kota Bahru (48 cases), Hilir Perak (48 cases) and Kinta (41 cases).
11 daerah zon merah penularan jangkitan #COVID19 yang melebihi 41 kes.
Anda yang berada di daerah- daerah ini perlu meningkatkan lagi langkah-langkah percegahan terutama duduk di rumah.
— KKMPutrajaya (@KKMPutrajaya) March 27, 2020
Whereas the areas that are classified as orange zones are Kepong (38 cases), Klang (35 cases), Batu Pahat (29 cases), Kuala Muda (28 cases), Seberang Perai (23 cases), Timur Laut (20 cases) and Rembau (20 cases).
With that said, the government will be deploying tankers and lorries to carry out a massive disinfection exercise at the red zone areas on Saturday (28th March). To help curb the spread of the coronavirus, they will be focusing on Lembah Pantai, Seputeh and Titiwangsa as well.
Fri, 27 March, 12:21 PM: There’s been another COVID-19 fatality bringing in a total of 24 deaths in the country. It was reported that the deceased had travelled to Indonesia earlier this month. The 35-year-old man was admitted to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital on March 18 however he began to develop symptoms five days prior to that.
Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement on his Facebook account today that the deceased’s health deteriorated day by day and had passed away on March 26 at 9:30 pm.
5:17 PM: The Ministry of Health had a live press conference reporting that Malaysia now has another 235 COVID-19 cases. It is said to be the highest spike (a day) in the country which brings a total of 2,031 cases altogether. Amongst those new cases, there are at least 60 people who are from the tabligh gathering.
UPDATE: Sebanyak 235 kes baru #COVID19 iaitu kes harian tertinggi menjadikan keseluruhan 2,031 setakat 12pm, 26 Mac.
60 drpd kes baru itu dari kluster perhimpunan di Seri Petaling, selebihnya dlm siasatan.
45 pesakit di ICU (32 pesakit memerlukan alat bantuan pernafasan).
— KKMPutrajaya (@KKMPutrajaya) March 26, 2020
Whereas, there are 45 patients who are currently in the ICU alongside with 32 patients who need to be on a mechanical ventilator.
1:27 PM: Currently, the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19 virus now stands at 21 in Malaysia. The deceased was a 63-year-old and was one of the attendees of the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering. He was admitted to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar on March 23 and was reported that his condition deteriorated each day when undergoing treatment.
Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah noted that most of the COVID-19 fatalities had so far been people with pre-existing conditions.
Thurs, 26 March, 9:36 AM: With an increase of 172 new COVID-19 cases with another five deaths, the total death toll stands now at 20. Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the collective cases now stood at 1,796 with 199 recoveries. He also stated that there are at least another 101 cases that were still under investigation.
Three deaths were elderly men with pre-existing conditions whilst the fourth was a 68-year-old woman.
As for the 20th death, the 76-year-old COVID-19 patient died at Sultan Ismail Petra Hospital in Kuala Krai, Kelantan. It was confirmed by the Health Director-General that the deceased had attended the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering.
2:00PM: It is official, the Prime Minister has announced an extension of the original two-week Movement Control Order to 14th of April. In order for the cases to subside, it is only best to continue the movement for a longer period.
As what JP Morgan has stated yesterday, it possible that Malaysia is in the “acceleration phase” when it comes to the COVID-19 infections. And with that, it could peak by the middle of April.
In order to keep the numbers from increasing, we would like to urge everyone to remain calm and stay at home. Only leave when it is necessary, otherwise, just stay home.
Wed, 25 March 1:19 PM: Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has reported a 66-year-man who died from the causes of COVID-19. The man was also known to have a history of serious illnesses. When the man was admitted to Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar on 20 March, he was already in a critical condition. Each day his health got worsen and sadly, he passed at 4.10am, 25 March.
Currently, Malaysia has a total of 17 deaths.
It was only seven days ago when the Malaysian government announced to implement the Movement Control Order. Although we knew how serious the pandemic was, one thing we didn’t foresee is for the numbers to rapidly increase like this. Current update on the total number of cases in Malaysia today is 1,624 with 16 deaths and 183 recovered patients.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on the 23rd of March that there was a total of 212 new COVID-19 cases which makes us the country with the largest increase of cases within a day. Out of the 212 new cases though, at least 123 of them were linked to the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering.
On top of that, the death toll rises with the 11th patient to be a 70-year-old man with travel history.
The 12th patient, however, was linked to the tabligh gathering and it was also a 70-year-old man whereas the 13th patient was a 49-year-old man who was the son of a 79-year-old woman who also died of COVID-19.
The 14th patient, she was a 51-year-old woman who had close contact with a COVID-19 patient that was linked to the tabligh gathering, same goes to the 15th patient who was a 71-year-old man.
As for today, another death has been reported making it the 16th one in the country. It was a 75-year-old man who had a history of chronic illness.
Hence, with the rise of cases in our country — the government had deployed the Malaysian Armed Forces to help enforce the Movement Control Order until the 31st of March. Even with all the restricted rules, citizens are still seen roaming around without protection and care to make us wonder if it just sheer stubbornness or confusion.
With that said, we will be updating the latest news in regards to the COVID-19 cases that are happening in Malaysia.
Roadblocks are everywhere now
To keep the citizens in check, the polices have been conducting roadblocks at every nook and corner of the city. Since then, police have arrested 28 people for failing to comply with the Movement Control Order. Making sure to not get into unnecessary troubles, it is important for everyone to follow the restriction order.
Do not leave the house without any reason
Citizens are only allowed to leave home unless they have an emergency, need to buy groceries or food at restaurants for the family. Those without a valid reason can be jailed up to 6 months, fined RM1,000 or both.
One individual from each household
It is only right to have either the head of the family or a representative of the household to go out and purchase things. This is to reduce the spread of the virus as well as protecting the individuals.
Can’t travel more than 10km away from home
Even if you are craving for your favourite chicken rice which is further than 10km, it is strictly a big no-no to that. Do not overstep the boundaries that have been implemented before you find yourself in hot water.
Yes or no: Don’t have to wear masks unless you have the COVID-19 symptoms
As per the guidelines of the Health Ministry, it is stated that only frontliners and those with the COVID-19 symptoms are ordered to wear masks. With precautions, citizens may wear it however social distancing is more than enough to avoid getting infected for now.
Citizens are given an option to withdraw from EPF
Malaysia’s Prime Minister has announced that citizens can now withdraw out RM500 from their Employee Provident Fund (EPF) to survive the global pandemic that is currently happening. Malaysians aged from 55 and below are allowed to withdraw from their EPF Account Two.
Don’t have to renew road tax or licence
Those with an expired license or road tax can still drive, but with the exemptions of having their insurance cover note with them.
PDRM is offering 50% off the summons
There will be a five-day campaign from the 25th of March for citizens to settle their summons online through MyEG or RILEK. Road users are given 50% off certain traffic offences.
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