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Gara-gara bermain bola sepak dalam tempoh Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP), Selasa lalu, 24 lelaki dijatuhi hukuman khidmat masyarakat selama tiga bulan oleh Mahkamah Majistret di sini hari ini kerana ingkar arahan PKP.

Kesemua tertuduh berusia antara 25 dan 48 tahun itu mengaku bersalah selepas pertuduhan dibacakan di hadapan Majistret Rosnee Mohd Radzuan.

Mereka dikenakan hukuman khidmat masyarakat selama tiga jam setiap hari dalam tempoh tiga bulan.

Kesemua mereka perlu melapor diri kepada Jabatan Penjara Malaysia di bawah Akta Perintah Kehadiran Wajib Pesalah-Pesalah (PKW) 1954 yang mana pihak penjara akan menentukan jenis khidmat masyarakat yang perlu dilakukan oleh individu berkenaan.

PKW yang merupakan program khidmat masyarakat adalah perintah alternatif selain hukuman penjara.

Kesemua tertuduh mengaku bermain bola sepak di padang Kolej Seminari Tinggi Katolik, di sini, yang berada di dalam kawasan wabak Covid-19 pada jam 5.30 petang, 31 Mac lalu.

Mereka didakwa mengikut Peraturan 3 (2) Peraturan-Peraturan Pencegahan dan Pengawalan Penyakit Berjangkit (Langkah-Langkah Di Dalam Kawasan Tempatan Jangkitan) 2020.

Pendakwaan dikendalikan Timbalan Pendakwa Raya, Nabila Huda Muhammad Nazim dan Haresh Prakash Somiah manakala kesemua tertuduh diwakili peguam K.Simon Murali dan Datuk Joy Appukuttan. – Bernama

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It’s Day 17 of the Movement Control Order and for most Malaysians, the highlight of the day is the 5pm press conference by our Health Director-General, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. We can’t thank him and our Ministry of Health enough for updating us regarding the Covid-19 situation in the country daily.

In yesterday’s press conference, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah explained that it’s possible to test positive for the virus even if you’re not facing any symptoms. However, he also said that tests will only be conducted if the patient is asymptomatic BUT has been in close contact with any of the cases.

“We have detected earlier that those who don’t have symptoms can also be positive even though the World Health Organization (WHO) advised at that time to only conduct tests if the patient shows symptoms to the virus.”

He added that there have been four asymptomatic positive cases and the patients have been isolated in Hospital Sungai Buloh. According to The Star, China reported 1,300 asymptomatic positive cases on the 1st of April following public concern over people who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms.

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As we enter the second phase of the Movement Control Order that was enforced by the government on 18th March 2020, most of us stuck at home would probably be wondering either one of two things: will we be able to leave the house after 14th April 2020, and whether the current MCO, which has been extended once, would be extended again?

Well, according to a Tweet from the Ministry of Health and the Health Director-General himself, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, that would depend entirely on the results of the second phase of the MCO, and how well Malaysians have been able to abide by the order’s newly gazetted regulations.

While there have been early indications that all our efforts have managed to do some good in flattening the curve, the Health Ministry finds that it is still too early to come to a conclusion as to whether the battle is won or not.

During his press conference yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that:

“In the second phase of the Movement Control Order, we will determine the effectiveness of the new regulations on the 10th day and make a decision as to whether it needs to be extended or not.”

As of yesterday (2nd April 2020), Malaysia has recorded over 3,116 cases of Covid-19, and 50 deaths.

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In a recent update from the Titiwangsa Health District Office, it has been confirmed that one individual in the PV12 Platinum Lake Condominium has tested positive for Covid-19. The condominium, which is located in Setapak, has since released an official statement on the matter according to China Press.

At present moment, disinfection works are being conducted in all apartment elevators, as well as the Block A & Block B ground floor lift lobbies. Residents have also been advised to continue to follow the regulations as stipulated by the Movement Control Order mandated by the government, and to practice good hygiene, according to China Press.

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A husband, wife and their daughter got the attention of one Ustaz Ebit Lew, when the story of their family went viral. From the moment Ustaz Ebit heard about their plight, he rushed to their location in order to help them find a better life for the family.

With the many strings he strove to pull, he eventually manage to rent the family a home with one bedroom, one bathroom, a living room and a kitchen. On top of helping them, he also offered to pay their monthly rent of RM500 as well as donated a mat, pillows, mattresses, soft toys, clothes and kitchen essentials.

He wrote on a post in Facebook about what he did. This is a little of what he said:

“It feels good. I just reached home after an entire day of searching for a home for this family of three. I manage to get a one bedroom, with one hall and one kitchen. I’m paying RM500 for it monthly and by the grace of God I will continue to do so for as long as I possibly can. I’m giving the home to them for free,” he wrote.

“When I see the little one running around playing with one of my daughter’s old doll, I can’t help but cry. It fixes my heart knowing that the same girl who was sleeping on the bridge last night, now has her own home to play in.”

“Thank you to everyone that helped. Thank you to the good-hearted home owner that allowed us in this late at night. I pray that God blesses and helps all those that lend a hand. I have gifted a mat, pillows, mattresses and kitchen essentials. My family’s clothes, I have given as well. By the grace of God, I will come tomorrow to give more.”

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Harapan penawar daripada ubat malaria

April 2, 2020 | News | No Comments

PADA ‘usia’ 85 tahun dan telah digunakan manusia sejak Perang Dunia Kedua untuk melawan penyakit malaria, ubat chloroqouine serta hydroxychloroquine boleh dianggap sejenis dadah lama dan tua.

Namun, ketika dunia masih ternanti-nanti vaksin untuk menangkis virus Covid-19, tiba-tiba dua dadah tua ini menjadi sebutan apabila dikatakan mampu merawat pesakit positif Covid-19.

Sejak minggu lalu, Presiden Amerika Syarikat, Donald Trump turut menularkan mengenai hydroxychloroquine menerusi laman Twitternya dengan merujuk ubat antimalaria itu menunjukkan potensi luar biasa.

Rentetan itu, beberapa negara di dunia turut mula memberi fokus kepada chloroqouine serta hydroxychloroquine untuk merawat pesakit Covid-19 yang memenuhi katilkatil hospital, dengan India dikatakan mengharamkan syarikat farmasinya mengeksport keluar produk itu.

Di Malaysia sendiri, Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah mengesahkan penggunaan dua ubat antimalaria chloroquine dan hydroxychloroquine bersama kombinasi lopinavir/ ritonavir (ubat anti HIV/AIDS).

Kombinasi itu dikatakan memberi kesan kepada rawatan pesakit Covid-19 sejak virus itu mula dikesan di negara ini.

Namun, hasil kajian terbaru oleh Institut Jangkitan Hospital Universiti Mediterrenee berpusat di Perancis kini memberi harapan baharu kepada dunia.

Hasil kajiannya ke atas 80 pesakit Covid-19 mendapati 93 peratus daripadanya sembuh selepas sembilan hari rawatan menggunakan hydroxychloroquine bersama ubat rawatan jangkitan kuman dikenali sebagai azithromycin.

Bagi pakar virologi Malaysia, Profesor Dr Sazaly Abu Bakar, hasil kajian tersebut yang baru mula diedarkan kepada umum baru-baru ini adalah satu penemuan besar yang perlu diambil perhatian oleh Malaysia.

Malah tanpa ragu-ragu, Dr Sazaly mengesyorkan Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia untuk mengambil langkah segera menggunakan kombinasi hydroxychloroquine dan azithromycin untuk menyembuhkan pesakit Covid-19 di Malaysia.

Penemuan Perancis

“Ia adalah satu penemuan yang besar apabila kajian itu mendapati daripada 80 orang pesakit diberikan ubat tersebut, 83 peratus sembuh pada hari ketujuh dan 93 peratus sembuh pada hari kelapan. Hanya seorang pesakit berusia 86 tahun yang meninggal dunia dan seorang pesakit berusia 74 tahun masih dalam unit rawatan rapi.

“Kalau kita baca konklusi kajiannya, institut tersebut mengesahkan hydroxychloroquine dan azithromycin sebagai rawatan berkesan untuk Covid-19 dan patut digunakan secepat mungkin untuk hentikan penularan.

“Daripada hasil kajian ini, saya menyokong penuh hydroxychloroquine dan azithromycin patut digunakan di Malaysia secepat mungkin sebelum berakhirnya tempoh Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) pada 14 April ini,” katanya kepada Sinar Harian semalam.

Tegas Dr Sazaly, Malaysia perlu memecah kebuntuan wabak itu dengan menggunakan kombinasi yang sudah disahkan menerusi ujian tersebut berbanding menunggu keputusan kombinasi chloroquine dan hydroxychloroquine bersama kombinasi ubat anti HIV/AIDS.

Katanya, setakat ini Malaysia lebih tertumpu kepada pencegahan menerusi penjarakkan sosial semasa PKP yang memberikan impak ekonomi berbilion ringgit selain fokus penghujung di hospital.

“Sekarang dengan ada rawatan, kita perlu sasarkan yang tengah-tengah iaitu rawatan dan kurangkan pesakit.

“Kalau kita tunggu vaksin ia memakan masa setahun hingga lima tahun lagi. Kalau ramai pesakit sembuh, kita dapat tarik balik PKP supaya semua pulih kembali termasuk ekonomi.

“Tidak perlu tunggu ubat paling sempurna, buat apa hendak tunggu kajian lain lagi sebab sudah ada kajian signifikan dari luar,” katanya.

Dr Sazaly mencadangkan individu yang positif koronavirus diberikan serta-merta rawatan hydroxychloroquine bersama azithromycin selain ubat tersebut dijual di semua klinik terutamanya di kawasan yang diklasifikasi zon jingga.

Ujian klinikal

Dalam pada itu, pakar epidemiologi dan Presiden Konsortium Akademik Kesihatan Awam Asia-Pasifik Kuala Lumpur yang merupakan Setiausaha Agung Akademi Sains Malaysia, Datuk Prof Dr Awg Bulgiba Awg Mahmud berkata, walaupun terdapat laporan dari luar negara yang chloroquine dan hydroxychloroquine berkesan tetapi ia masih perlu melalui ujian klinikal yang komprehensif.

“Ada yang kata berkesan ada yang kata tidak. Di Perancis juga ada yang laporkan berkesan tetapi ujian klinikal secara menyeluruh setakat ini belum nampak,” akuinya.

Menjelaskan lanjut mengenai ujian klinikal, kata Dr Awg Bulgiba, terdapat empat fasa dalam ujian klinikal tersebut bagi mendapat kelulusan badan berkuasa yang menyelia ubat-ubatan.

Contohnya di Amerika Syarikat, ia perlu diluluskan Pusat Pentadbiran Makanan dan Dadah (FDA).

Tiga daripada empat fasa itu perlu dibuat sebelum ubat itu mendapat kelulusan badan yang mengawalselia ubat-ubatan sesebuah negara.

“Bagi ubat baharu, ia perlu melalui fasa 1 dan 2 iaitu dari segi keselamatan, kesan sampingan dan keberkesanan.

“Tetapi dalam keadaan mendesak wabak Covid-19 kini, pihak-pihak berkuasa di sesebuah negara mencuba ubat-ubat lama sebagai contoh chloroquine dan hydroxychloroquine sebab ia boleh terus lompat ke fasa ketiga.

“Dari segi selamat, ubat ini memang selamat sebab telah diketahui sebagai ubat spesifik untuk malaria dan diambil oleh berjuta-juta orang. Cuma persoalannya kini sama ada ubat ini berkesan atau tidak untuk pesakit Covid-19.

“Ini yang perlu melalui fasa ketiga ujian klinikal yang perlu dijalankan oleh syarikat farmasuetikal atau pusat ujian klinikal melibatkan jumlah pesakit yang lebih besar mencecah ribuan orang dan daripada pelbagai peringkat umur, bangsa dan sebagainya,” terang Dr Awg sambil memaklumkan ujian klinikal mungkin mengambil masa tiga hingga enam bulan.

Dr Awg Bulgiba memberitahu, dalam konteks pengeluaran ubat chloroquine dan hydroxychloroquine, disebabkan kedua-dua produk ini adalah ubat lama, dari segi paten biasanya sudah tidak menjadi hak milik mana-mana syarikat.

“Dari segi paten biasanya sudah tidak ada lagi. Ubat ini boleh dikeluarkan oleh mana-mana negara pada kadar yang cepat dan murah,” katanya menjawab isu kemungkinan ubat antimalaria itu kehabisan stok di pasaran.

Bagaimanapun, chloroquine dan hydroxychloroquine walaupun dikatakan memberikan kesan positif ke atas penyembuhan Covid-19, namun Dr Awg Bulgiba memberi amaran, ia bukanlah ubat yang boleh diambil begitu sahaja tanpa preskripsi doktor.

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Seorang penganggur sanggup menyamar sebagai jemaah tabligh yang menghadiri ijtimak di Masjid Sri Petaling bagi mengelak ditahan polis.

Ketua Polis Daerah Kajang, Asisten Komisioner Ahmad Dzaffir Mohd Yussof berkata, lelaki berusia lingkungan 20-an itu ditahan selepas dia didapati berkeliaran di sebuah pangsapuri di Balakong kira-kira jam 2 pagi, kelmarin.

“Kita dapati lelaki berkenaan mengingkari Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan kerana enggan pulang ke rumah selepas dinasihatkan anggota bertugas yang melakukan rondaan.

“Ketika dalam tahanan, suspek memaklumkan dia adalah salah seorang daripada jemaah tabligh yang menghadiri perhimpunan di Sri Petaling,” katanya pada sidang media di Dewan Serbaguna Orang Ramai Sungai Lui di sini, hari ini

Menurutnya, pihaknya terus membuat pengasingan terhadap suspek dan memaklumkan perkara itu kepada Kementerian Kesihatan (KKM) sebelum proses sanitasi dilakukan di pejabat Bahagian Siasatan Jenayah Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Kajang.

“Bagaimanapun hasil siasatan lanjut yang dilakukan terhadap ahli keluarga dan rakan suspek mendapati, dia bukan jemaah tabligh. Malah, ahli keluarga dan rakannya juga menafikan dia menghadiri perhimpunan berkenaan.

“Suspek kemudian mengaku dia memberi keterangan palsu kepada pihak polis kerana tidak mahu ditahan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, suspek direman selama empat hari untuk siasatan lanjut mengikut Seksyen 186 Kanun Keseksaan dan Peraturan 7 Peraturan-Peraturan Pencegahan dan Pengawalan Penyakit Berjangkit (Langkah-Langkah Di Dalam Kawasan Tempatan Jangkitan) 2020.

Sementara itu dalam perkembangan sama, Ahmad Dzaffir memaklumkan, seramai 44 individu ditahan kerana melanggar arahan PKP di daerah Kajang sejak 18 Mac lalu hingga semalam.

“Sebanyak 22 kertas siasatan dibuka membabitkan 44 tangkapan dengan dua kes sudah dituduh pada minggu lalu dan semalam.

“Sepanjang tempoh PKP ini, terdapat tujuh sekatan jalan raya dilakukan di daerah ini membabitkan laluan masuk dan keluar dari Kajang,” katanya.

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According to a write up by the Star online, everyone will still need to practice social distancing and avoid crowds such as the annual Ramadhan food bazaars, any mass gatherings and weddings for at least six months after the MCO period.

“Why six months? It is an arbitrary figure to prevent asymptomatic or mild cases that may linger within the community, or those who have returned from overseas from spreading. Know that life cannot be the same for that period of time until and unless we have all the information we need of an evolving new pandemic.

“It is best to continue with the usual universal precautions, maintain good self-hygiene and go out only if necessary. Stay home if you are unwell. While we need to instill confidence in our people, we need to also be realistic and not play to the gallery”, said former health DG Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican.

He took the liberty to inform the public that some experts even suggest a year but it all comes down to people and self-discipline. He also stated that the health ministry should talk to all stakeholders to inform them on what they should and should not do after the MCO is lifted.

“There should be a guideline and all states should be involved regardless of one’s political coalition because equally important is having country leaders that are united in fighting Covid-19. Political consideration should take a back seat. Whoever chaired the meeting and whatever directives or advice for control measures must include the whole country,” he said.

This year’s bazaar ramadhan(s)

One of the mass gatherings that have been in discussion is the upcoming Ramadhan bazaars as the MCO supposedly draws to a close on the 14th of April. Many Malaysians see the bazaars as a bad idea and believe it could potentially spike a third wave.

However, there has been news that the ministry may consider using a revised format for the bazaar which includes good hygiene practices and pre-packing food. With regards to the matter, current health DG, Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah noted that proper crowd control measures would be needed if the Ramadhan bazaars are a go.

“We should innovate new systems and ways of food delivery to avoid public gatherings, take all precautionary preventive measures, (and practice) social distancing and spacing. Our guiding principles are crystal clear, and we need to change the annual norms of bazaar Ramadan”, he replied in a Facebook post.

For now, there has been no official updates on whether the bazaars will go on as per usual or be cancelled

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The crime was allegedly reported over social media by an employee of the much-beloved bread company over social media, asking for the help of the public to keep an eye out for the stolen truck. It was said that the bread truck was making deliveries to 15 different stores when it was allegedly stolen by thieves.

Gardenia was said to have lodged a report to the police over the matter, but what was truly most confounding was the fact that barely after a day, the stolen bread truck was found all the way in the town of Kijal in Terengganu, parked outside a mosque.

Stranger still, was the fact that all the bread in the truck was untouched!

Which begs the question as to why the bread truck was even stolen in the first place, if none of the bread was missing!

Update: Gardenia Bakeries KL (GBKL) has since released a statement saying that the driver of the lorry is safe, and the lorry itself as well as its merchandise are currently in possession of the police. As per their internal procedures, the stolen truck will be cleaned and sanitised, while all merchandise in the truck will be disposed.

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As we enter the second phase of MCO, authorities have made stricter enforcement laws to monitor what goes in and out of households  during this precarious time. Hence to comply with the necessary measures, Pos Malaysia has announced that it will temporarily stop delivery for international mail and parcel.

In their Facebook page, Pos Malaysia said:

“International mail and parcel services are suspended temporarily due to service disruptions to all destination countries except China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and United Kingdom starting 30th March 2020 until further notice.”

According to Pos Malaysia, the reason behind their suspension of services is due to the growing pandemic that has caused flight cancellations, airport closures and the enforcement of preventive measures from destination countries that are acting to curb the spread of Covid-19.

But don’t worry! It doesn’t mean you can’t send deliveries at all. Pos Malaysia assured its customers that their Express Mail Service (EMS) will still be available and partners will still transport items to all destinations except for the listed countries below:

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