Armed Forces offers logistics aid for vaccine transportation


THE Defence Ministry plans to apply for more vaccines to immunise military personnel, their families and civil servants serving the ministry as the vaccination recipient capacity has increased.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) said the ministry is committed to ensuring that all members of the Armed Forces (ATM), their families and civil servants will receive the vaccines given the risk of their assignment as frontliners which makes them highly vulnerable to the virus.

“In addition, the ATM is offering logistical assistance to the Health Ministry for vaccine delivery to rural areas throughout the country.

“The ATM will use their assets including trucks, boats and helicopters to the targeted areas,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Ismail Sabri said on Monday, 970 individuals were detained for breaching the standard operating procedures of the third Movement Control Order.

“From the total, 917 were compounded, 49 remanded and four were guaranteed,” he said.

Additionally, a total of 21 foreign workers were screened on Monday, and out of the total, six were confirmed positive.

Yesterday, 6,962 Covid-19 recoveries were recorded, which was higher than the number of new cases, at 5,566.

There are to date 82,797 active cases and 627,652 total confirmed cases.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor reported the highest number at 1,524, followed by Sarawak (707) and Negri Sembilan (505).

As of yesterday, 903 Covid-19 patients have been admitted into the intensive care units while 458 require the ventilator.

“A total of 76 fatalities were recorded involving 18 cases in Selangor; 13 in Johor; nine in Negri Sembilan; eight in Kuala Lumpur; seven in Labuan; four each in Kelantan, Melaka and Kedah; three in Terengganu; two each in Perak and Pahang; and one in Sarawak,” he said.