DG: 150 new Covid-19 cases recorded, mostly from Sabah

Meanwhile, MoHE has advised all IPTs to postpone the registration of new and old students from the red zone

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by BERNAMA

THE Ministry of Health (MoH) recorded a rise in Covid-19 positive cases yesterday at 150, bringing the total number of positive cases in Malaysia to 10,919.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the current active cases totalled to 950 and of the total, 146 cases were local transmissions, while the remaining four were imported cases.

Sabah recorded the majority number of cases with a total of 124, followed by Selangor (11), Kuala Lumpur (six), Pahang (four), Sarawak and Johor each reported two cases respectively, while Melaka reported one case.

Currently, six people are treated at intensive care units, with four requiring ventilator support.

One new death was recorded, bringing the country’s death toll to 134 or 1.23% of the total cases.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has advised all institutions of higher learning (IPTs) to postpone the registration of new and old students from the red zone at their respective campuses — which is scheduled to start next month — following the increase in cases in several districts.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad said the registration and learning process for the students involved can be done online and they can return to their respective campuses according to the existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) after the situation recovers.

“For students who are not from the red zone area, admission to IPTs remains according to the academic calendar of their respective institution.

“Any questions related to the return to campus, as well as teaching and learning sessions can also be referred directly to the IPTs,” she said in a statement yesterday.

MoHE reiterated that all IPTs have been instructed to ensure the implementation of academic activities on campus in full compliance with the prescribed SOPs and students are advised to continue taking preventive measures.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the police arrested 523 people on Saturday for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (MCO).

Of this number, 483 individuals were compounded, while 40 were remanded. Among the highest number of offences (in three digits) were activities in pubs and nightclubs (356), and physical distancing (105).

He added that under Ops Benteng, the authorities arrested 75 undocumented migrants and seized three land vehicles.

On mandatory quarantine, he said 35,991 individuals have returned to the country through international border entrances from July 24 to Sept 26.

“A total of 8,349 individuals are undergoing mandatory quarantine and 103 individuals have been sent to hospitals for treatment, while 27,539 individuals have been discharged and allowed to return home,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Additionally, Ismail Sabri said the Targeted Enhanced MCO in Amanjaya, Kedah, has been terminated yesterday as scheduled.

The termination was made after no new positive Covid-19 cases were recorded for 13 days since Sept 14.

“A total of 4,931 samples were taken and the number of positive cases remained at 13 as recorded on Sept 13,” he added.