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13 new Covid-19 cases

Friday, July 10th, 2020
Malaysia recorded 13 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the tally to 8,696. - NST file picMalaysia recorded 13 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the tally to 8,696. – NST file pic

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry recorded 13 new Covid-19 cases as of noon today, bringing the tally to 8,696.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the total cases, eight were imported, involving six Malaysians and two foreigners (permanent residents).

“Of the five locally transmitted cases, three involve Malaysians and two foreigners.

“One of the locally transmitted cases among Malaysians was detected during a workplace screening in Kuala Lumpur and two others were Severe Acute Respiratory Infection cases admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital.

“Locally transmitted cases involving foreigners were detected at the Bukit Jalil immigration depot before they were sent back to their home countries,” he said at a press conference here today.

As for the country’s active cases, he said it now stood at 64.

He added that 12 more patients had recovered and discharged from hospitals today, bringing the current rate of recoveries to 8,511 (97.9 per cent of the total cases).

“Two patients are being treated in the intensive care unit and placed on ventilator support.

“No fatalities from the virus were reported to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) as at noon today, keeping the death toll at 121 (1.39 per cent).”

By Tharanya Arumugam.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607505/13-new-covid-19-cases

Sabah stays Covid-19 free for fourth day

Friday, July 10th, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Another good news as Sabah was confirmed as free from Covid-19 for the fourth consecutive day yesterday, reported the Ministry of Health.

With no new case registered, the total number of cases in Sabah remained at 378.

Meanwhile, recoveries increased by one to 363 in Kota Belud.

With one discharged yesterday, Kota Belud was reclassified as green zone with no active cases.

The other districts with active cases are Kota Kinabalu (4), Tawau (1), Keningau (1), Ranau (1) and Nabawan (1).
Only eight active cases in Sabah as of yesterday.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/07/10/sabah-stays-covid-19-free-for-fourth-day/

Parents encouraged to check SOP compliance by schools

Friday, July 10th, 2020

Misterine (front, left) and teachers at the state-level Teachers Day celebration yesterday.

KOTA KINABALU: Parents who are wary of sending their children to school when it reopens on July 15 will not be forced to do so.

However, State Education Department Director, Dr Misterine Radin encouraged them to conduct a check on the school attended by their children and its adherance to the Standard Operating Procedure.

“If they are confident, they can send their children to school,” said Misterine to press members during the state level teachers day celebration yesterday.

She added that many parents were sceptical about sending their pre-school children to school when it reopened on July 1.

However, the attendance level has grown encouragingly day by day, she said.

She believed that a similar scenario will also happen in primary and secondary schools when classes resume.
Misterine said that the department is now guiding all schools in Sabah to prepare for the schools’ re-opening.

“We want to ensure strict adherance to the SOP,” she said, adding that the department wants to avoid the onset of a school Covid-19 cluster.

She also said that the department has prepared three models for schools to adopt.

The first model is for schools that can accommodate all their students in a single session; the second model is for schools that have to carry out two sessions (morning and afternoon); and the third model applies when students can only go to school on alternate days or weeks.

She said that only 10 schools in Sabah would be adopting the third model.

“These are normally popular schools with a capacity of 50 students per classroom,” she said.

She reminded also that the schools reopening will be subject to trial and error.

There are about 400,000 students in Sabah and 43,000 educators.

BY JENNE LAJIUN.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/07/10/parents-encouraged-to-check-sop-compliance-by-schools/

Training for contact sports can resume from July 15, competitions from Aug 15

Friday, July 10th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: The long wait is over. After weeks of athletes having to resort to non-contact training, the government is allowing sports that involve contact to resume regular training from July 15.

Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said that the National Security Council was allowing training from July 15 for contact sports like football, rugby, hockey, sepak takraw, basketball and squash, as well as for combat sports like karate, silat and taekwondo.

In line with that, commercial field, futsal, academy and sports facility operators would also be allowed to resume operations on the same date, he said in his regular briefing on Friday (July 10).

Competition for non-contact sports can start from July 15 onwards, and this includes motorsports competitions at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) and other local circuits, badminton competitions for singles, chess competitions and others.

For contact sports, there is another month’s wait for resumption of competitions as the government will only allow football, rugby, hockey, sepak takraw, squash and basketball competitions to return from Aug 15 onwards.

A standard operating procedure (SOP) will be put in place, including taking temperature, registering via MySejahtera, and sanitising the arenas, Ismail said.

However, no spectators would be allowed for contact and non-contact sports competitions.

By T. AVINESHWARAN.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/10/training-for-contact-sports-can-resume-from-july-15-competitions-from-aug-15#cxrecs_s

Green light for matches, tournaments without spectators [NSTTV]

Friday, July 10th, 2020
PUTRAJAYA: The government has given the go-ahead for local sports matches and tournaments to be held, sans spectators, as well as the reopening of sports commercial facilities and academies.

Senior Defense Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said however, they were subjected to stringent Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and regulations.

“The special ministerial meeting on the Movement Control Order implementation has agreed to this, following a presentation by the Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican on the reopening of sports and recreational activities’ phases three and four.

“Among those allowed are the organisation of competitions and tournaments without spectators for non-contact sports like motoring and individual sports starting from July 15.

“They include motoring sports held at the Sepang International Circuit and other local circuits, badminton singles, tennis singles, gymnastic singles, springboard diving and chess tournaments,” he told a press conference today.

Also allowed from July 15 are matches and tournaments for comtact sports such as football, rugby, basketball as well as martial arts sports such as karate, silat, taekwondo and others.

Operators for commercial sports facilities, futsal courts and academies are also allowed to resume operations from July 15.

The ministerial meeting had also agreed that only local sports competitions and tournaments, without spectators, were allowed.

Ismail Sabri said this covered team contact sports such as football, rugby, hockey, takraw, basketball and squash beginning Aug 15.

Among those involved are the Super League and the Malaysian Football League, the Takraw League, the Malaysian Hockey League and the Malaysian Rugby League.

“However, sports competitions and tournaments must be organised in a controlled environment by premises operators and organisers, with general SOPs on management, pre-tournament and organisation adhered to.”

Among the requirements include ensuring players download the MySejahtera mobile application, body temperature and symptoms screening; limit on the number of participants and officials according to the size of premises, disinfection of equipment after each use, as well as online or phone booking.

“All SOPs will be uploaded by the National Security Council and the Youth and Sports Ministry soon.”

Ismail Sabri stressed that tournaments and competitions were only restricted to local sports without spectators and mass gatherings.

Participation of foreigners remains prohibited for now

By Nuradzimmah Daim.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607470/green-light-matches-tournaments-without-spectators-nsttv

Limit removed, SOP stays

Friday, July 10th, 2020
Come July 15, there will no longer be a limit on the number of participants for religious, social and official activities. - NST file picCome July 15, there will no longer be a limit on the number of participants for religious, social and official activities. – NST file pic

PUTRAJAYA: Come July 15, there will no longer be a limit on the number of participants for religious, social and official activities, as opposed to the previous restrictions in place under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made by the special ministerial meeting on MCO implementation to standardise the number of attendees of such activities.

“We had previously limited the number of attendees for seminars and social activities to 250 people, as well as one-third of the building capacity for mosques and places of worship.

“To standardise this, the meeting has agreed that the number of participants will be based on area size, provided one-metre social distancing is maintained,” he told a press conference.

He said ease of restrictions on public activities were still subjected to the new normal and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

“Alhamdulillah, we managed to curb the Covid-19 virus by practising self-discipline, which resulted in zero local transmissions for two days in a row and 25 days without deaths.

“We must make sure that the virus outbreak does not recur by maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks, among others.”

By Nuradzimmah Daim.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607468/limit-removed-sop-stays

Sabah’s only innovation and creativity centre on track to shape resilient community

Friday, July 10th, 2020
Having only begun operating for four months, the Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre has achieved several accomplishments in fostering an innovative and resilient community despite the Covid-19 pandemic. - Bernama picHaving only begun operating for four months, the Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre has achieved several accomplishments in fostering an innovative and resilient community despite the Covid-19 pandemic. – Bernama pic

KOTA KINABALU: Having only begun operating for four months, the Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre has achieved several accomplishments in fostering an innovative and resilient community despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Highlights include the concept of Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR) in tourism, pushing for innovation among locals, and establishing a partnership with the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC).

The centre’s general manager Viviantie Sarjuni said the AR/VR Tourism idea was picked to be among the top 10 in the Startup Weekend online organised by Techstar – an American seed accelerator founded in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado.

“The idea came from one of the participants Zikri Zainudin, who is a Sabahan. The idea is to make changes to a person’s perception of their physical surroundings when viewed through a particular device.

“This way we can sell the travelling experience to tourists without having to travel to particular places. It is very relevant especially during the pandemic,” she said.

Another three Sabahan social innovators were also recently selected to participate in the MaGIC Online Social Innovation Bootcamp. They are Mt Kinabalu Arabica Coffee, Bam and Boo Enterprise and NearMe.

Mt Kinabalu Arabica Coffee received a grant of RM30,000 from Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia Mainstreaming Grassroots Innovations (MaGRis), while two others are currently awaiting the result from BAIKS Programme set up by the Industrial Development and Research Department (DIDR).

BAIKS is a small and medium enterprise (SME) Aid platform initiated by the state government through DIDR to stimulate the growth of SME entrepreneurs in Sabah.

“We also produced more than 20 webinars to date covering topics on technology, innovation, and creativity. Despite the pandemic, we persevered,” Viviantie said.

Such achievements were in line with the centre’s objectives to produce globally competent talents by bringing people, idea and resources together to encourage entrepreneurs to build successful, innovative and sustainable businesses across all industries.

Earlier today, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal visited the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park to look into several developments, including the establishment of the Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre.

The centre is an initiative under the Sabah Trade and Industry Ministry, in collaboration with KKIP.

Its establishment plan was first announced in April 2017 by state Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau, who drew the idea from his visit to South Korea.

He was then a federal minister in charge of science, technology and innovation.

Viviantie said the centre aimed to work with grassroots communities, start-ups, venture firms, universities and research institutes, providing them with assistance from the legal aspect, as well as finding investors to market their products across the globe.

“The centre intends to push for the use of digital tools such as AR/VR, Robotics, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, animation, and filming to support innovation as well as creating more job opportunities.”

Meanwhile, Mohd Shafie said the young had shown great interest in the creative field and were tech-savvy but noted Sabah had yet to fully tap into the innovation industry.

“If we build a place for them to apply their knowledge such as making films and short movies, I am sure we can produce highly-innovative Sabahans,” he said, adding the state had resources and beautiful locations to inspire ideas.

By Avila Geraldine.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607472/sabahs-only-innovation-and-creativity-centre-track-shape-resilient

Karaoke gets nod, nay for pubs

Friday, July 10th, 2020
Family entertainment centres including karaoke outlets can reopen after almost four months of closure. Other entertainment centres that are allowed to open include game arcades, indoor funfair parks, edutainment (centres) and play gyms for children. - NST file pic Family entertainment centres including karaoke outlets can reopen after almost four months of closure. Other entertainment centres that are allowed to open include game arcades, indoor funfair parks, edutainment (centres) and play gyms for children. – NST file pic

PUTRAJAYA: Family entertainment centres including karaoke outlets can reopen after almost four months of closure since the Movement Control Order (MCO) took effect on March 18.

Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government took into consideration the livelihood of some 3,000 staff members in the sector and the RM500 million in revenue it had contributed to the country.

“The decision was made at the special ministerial meeting for MCO implementation after listening to a proposal presentation by Tourism, Culture and Arts Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

“They cover game arcades, indoor funfair parks, edutainment (centres), play gyms for children, entertainment games, machines and technology entertainment and karaoke centres.

“Karaoke at weddings are also allowed now; they would be bored without karaoke (sessions),” he told a press conference today.

He said the general Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) covered the use of the Mysejahtera mobile application or manual registration at premises, body temperature checks, limit on the number of customers, online ticket booking, cleaning and scheduled disinfection.

He said, pubs and nightclubs however were still not allowed to operate.

By Nuradzimmah Daim.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/607480/karaoke-gets-nod-nay-pubs

Education Ministry: Boarding school students can go back for Aidiladha

Friday, July 10th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: Boarding school students can return home for Hari Raya Aidiladha, says the Education Ministry.

With improvements made to the existing standard operating procedures (SOPs), the ministry said it had no objections to students wanting to return home.

“We take note of parents’ questions on this matter,” it said in a statement Thursday (July 9).

The ministry also said boarding school students for Form Four and Form Six semester 1 would be returning to their schools on July 15.

The two groups of students were being prioritised to give them sufficient time to prepare for their upcoming examinations in 2021, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, Forms One to Three boarding school students will return to their schools on Aug 3.

Until then, the students will continue home-based learning.

“This decision applies to boarding schools, religious secondary schools, government-assisted religious schools, Sekolah Sukan Malaysia, Sekolah Sukan Negeri and Sekolah Seni Malaysia.

“The ministry takes all views into consideration to ensure all boarding school students can study in their schools in a safe environment,” it added.

Let Malaysian students continue with online studies, US urged

Friday, July 10th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian government is hoping that the United States will find a “feasible solution” for Malaysian students to continue pursuing their studies online and remain in the country.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the United States hosts the third largest population of Malaysian students studying abroad.

“Given the importance of the United States as an education destination of choice, the government of Malaysia encourages the US authorities to reassess the need to end this temporary exemption, and find a feasible solution for our students to continue pursuing their studies online and remain in the United States,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Hishammuddin added that they were deeply concerned over the fate of more than 6,000 Malaysian students who are pursuing their studies across the United States.

On Monday, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an end to the temporary exemption for foreign students taking online classes for the fall 2020 semester, which begins in August.

These exemptions were previously permitted by the Student and Exchange Visitor Programme due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has sued the US government over the move.

Meanwhile, several Malaysian students told The Star that they are in the dark over the ruling, which is expected to have far-reaching implications for international students studying in the United States, especially those resuming lessons this fall semester.

According to the new ruling, international F-1 (academic) and M-1 (vocational) students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States.

Malaysian embassy in Washington has advised Malaysian students to reach out directly to their respective universities, as the status of their fall classes will be crucial in determining their immigration status.

“The embassy is seeking to obtain further clarification from ICE on its latest decision.

“The embassy is also working closely with the Education Malaysia Office and the National Assembly of Malaysian Students in America to monitor the well-being of Malaysian students in the United States,” it said.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/10/let-malaysian-students-continue-with-online-studies-us-urged#cxrecs_s