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Many COVID-19 hit countries have been practising this to ensure hospital beds are reserved for patients experiencing severer symptoms.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the nation, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the government is currently considering using hotels and resorts as quarantine centres

During a Q&A session with the media today, 1 April, Dr Noor Hisham said the Ministry of Health (MOH) will announce in the coming days which hotels and resorts will be converted into temporary quarantine centres.

He added that the move will require police officers, Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) personnel, and MOH workforce to be deployed to the premises.

Dr Noor Hisham’s response came after reporters asked how many quarantine centres does the country have in case of a surge in suspected COVID-19 patients

“We have many quarantine centres nationwide. Every state has its own quarantine centres,” Dr Noor Hisham answered.

“We have confirmed that we currently have 334 quarantine centres in Malaysia. Even as of today, many individuals who tested negative for the coronavirus but reported to have come into close contact with COVID-19 patients are ordered to be put at these quarantine centres.”

He revealed that there are currently about 4,000 individuals quarantined in such centres

Dr Noor Hisham said these centres were previously MOH training facilities and public training centres, such as National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN).

He said these premises have been marked by the ministry to be temporarily converted into quarantine centres.

The ministry will soon release a list of quarantine centres for the public to refer to, Dr Noor Hisham added.

The move to convert hotels into makeshift quarantine centres is widely practised by many COVID-19 hard-hit nations

Countries like Spain, China, Italy, and the United States, have turned their hotels into temporary quarantine quarters.

For example in Jordan, suspected COVID-19 patients are quarantined in luxury hotels across the nation, reported Middle East Eye.

A patient named Mohammad Sakkijha was quarantined in a four-star hotel for 11 days, where he enjoyed meals on his balcony overlooking a pool, palm trees, and a stunning view of the Dead Sea.

-says

Tiga inisiatif Lazada

April 2, 2020 | Inspiring, News | No Comments

DALAM usaha memerangi Covid-19, Lazada Malaysia meningkatkan usaha membantu komuniti tempatan dengan melancarkan tiga inisiatif termasuk menyediakan platform untuk usahawan pertanian.

Melalui inisiatif itu, Lazada membantu menghubungkan pekebun sayur, penternak ayam dan nelayan dengan pembeli.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif, Lazada Malaysia, Leo Chow berkata, sekumpulan pekebun sayur dari Cameron Highlands mula menjual sayuran-sayuran mereka secara dalam talian sejak Khamis lalu selepas Lazada menyediakan perkhidmatan jualan dan penghantaran istimewa bagi membantu mereka menyelamatkan hasil tanaman daripada dibuang.

“Selain pekebun sayur, pekebun buah dan nelayan juga terpaksa membuang hasil mereka disebabkan isu pengangkutan.

“Lazada ada membaca mengenai pekebun di Cameron Highlands yang terpaksa membuang hasil segar mereka disebabkan isu rantaian bekalan ketika Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP).

“Kami segera menghubungi mereka dan mencari jalan untuk memanfaatkan teknologi dan logistik serta berjaya meletakkan mereka di platform Lazada dalam masa kurang 48 jam,” katanya.

Menurutnya, sepanjang hujung minggu, pekebun menjual 1.5 tan sayuran setiap hari mulai hari Jumaat hingga Ahad.

“Bagi memenuhi permintaan hasil segar dan barangan runcit yang tinggi letika PKP, Lazada menyediakan seksyen khas Cameron Farmers serta MyFishman untuk bekalan makanan laut dan Mymarket2u untuk keperluan barangan runcit bagi memenuhi permintaan pelanggan sejak awal Februari lalu.

“Kami gembira melihat pekebun, nelayan dan PKS terjejas dapat mengekalkan sumber pendapatan mereka menerusi platform kami tanpa perlu risau bayaran sewa dan utiliti, malah dengan tenaga kerja diperlukan untuk penghantaran.

“Kejayaan dicapai Cameron Farmers amat menggalakkan dan mengukuhkan lagi komitmen kami untuk membantu lebih ramai pemegang kepentingan dalam ekosistem e-dagang,” katanya.

hmetro

Maxis tawar data mudah alih percuma

April 2, 2020 | News | No Comments

PENGENDALI perkhidmatan telekomunikasi Maxis menawarkan data mudah alih 1GB percuma kepada pelanggannya setiap hari menerusi pelan pascabayar dan prabayar syarikat berkenaan.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Maxis, Gokhan Ogut berkata, rakyat Malaysia mengubah gaya hidup dengan ketara sejak permulaan tempoh Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) dan pada masa sama, mereka perlu melaksanakan segala aktiviti di dalam rumah.

“Kita sememangnya menyedari betapa pentingnya teknologi dan kesambungan dalam hidup. Oleh itu, Maxis ingin meningkatkan sokongan dengan tambahan data 1GB setiap hari untuk semua pelanggan.

“Kami juga memastikan sambungan tidak terganggu dengan mengekalkan keupayaan rangkaian tetap dan mudah alih walaupun terdapat peningkatan trafik dengan pelaburan yang berterusan serta kakitangan rangkaian yang bersedia di tapak,” katanya menerusi satu kenyataan akhbar, sebentar tadi.

Pengguna rangkaian Maxis boleh melakukan tebus pas data berkenaan setiap hari menerusi aplikasi MyMaxis, MyMaxis Biz, Hotlink Flex atau Hotlink RED atau menerusi UMB.

Bagi pengguna yang sudah memuat turun aplikasi MyMaxis, MyMaxis Biz dan Hotlink Flex perlu menekan ‘Get More Data’ dan pilih ‘FREE 1GB/Day Pass’ di bawah pilihan ‘Time Based Pass’.

Untuk aplikasi Hotlink RED, pengguna perlu menekan ‘banner’ di laman utama dan pilih ‘FREE 1GB/Day Pass’ dan anda juga boleh mencari pas berkenaan di tab pilihan ‘Shop’.

Menerusi komitment 1GB baru, pengguna juga masih boleh melakukan tebas tawaran 3GB satu kali sebelum ini sehingga 2 April.

Pelanggan Maxis juga masih boleh mendapat akses percuma ke laman web terpilih untuk maklumat penting dan terkini, termasuk panggilan percuma ke Pusat Kesiapsiagaan dan Tindak Cepat Krisis Kebangsaan (CPRC) dan semua Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri sepanjang tempoh PKP.

Maxis terus menyokong komuniti dengan program perdana eKelas dengan membolehkan pelajar daripada komuniti luar bandar untuk terus menyambung pembelajaran mereka sepanjang PKP.

Portal eKelas menyediakan kandungan pembelajaran Sains, Matematik dan Bahasa Inggeris bagi murid Tahun Enam hingga pelajar Tingkatan Lima.

Selain itu, pelajar eKelas mempunyai akses khas untuk 14,000 eBook dan buku audio Perpustakaan Negara.

-Hmetro

Penantian masyarakat dunia yang menunggu penemuan vaksin kepada virus koronavirus (Covid-19) dijangka terjawab seawal hujung tahun ini.

Pakar Mikrobiologi Klinikal daripada Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Profesor Dr Zamberi Sekawi berkata, berdasarkan maklumat yang diterima, sehingga kini sememangnya sudah ada uji kaji klinikal penghasilan vaksin Covid-19 dijalankan di China dan Amerika Syarikat (AS) dengan proses kajian sudah memasuki peringkat percubaan ke atas manusia.

Lebih menarik, proses uji kaji penghasilan vaksin Covid-19 merupakan kesinambungan hasil kajian penemuan vaksin untuk penyakit Sindrom Pernafasan Akut Teruk (SARS) yang dilaksanakan para saintis sebelum ini.

“Kebiasaannya proses menghasilkan vaksin sesuatu penyakit memakan masa antara tiga hingga lima tahun dengan proses uji kaji klinikal perlu dimulakan kepada percubaan terhadap haiwan sebelum diikuti manusia.

“Berdasarkan kes Covid-19, telah ada uji kaji klinikal yang sudah dimulakan hasil kesinambungan kajian penghasilan vaksin SARS yang tertangguh beberapa tahun lalu susulan ia tidak lagi berjangkit dan terkawal.

“Dengan keperluan pematuhan garis panduan badan farmaseutikal dunia seperti Pentadbiran Makanan dan Ubat-Ubatan (FDA) AS dilonggarkan pada saat kecemasan, saya yakin usaha penemuan vaksin Covid-19 mampu diselesaikan seawal akhir tahun ini,” katanya kepada Sinar Harian semalam.

Dr Zamberi berkata, usaha saintis mencari vaksin Covid-19 menerusi kesinambungan kajian vaksin daripada penyakit SARS adalah dibenarkan dalam aspek perubatan kerana kedua-dua virus itu berasal daripada keluarga yang sama iaitu Corona.

“Kebiasaannya, ciri-ciri virus daripada keluarga yang sama adalah lebih kurang sama, cuma para saintis mungkin perlu mengubah jumlah protein spesifik vaksin itu nanti mengikut informasi genetik virus Covid-19 yang sudah tentu berbeza dengan SARS,” katanya.

Dr Zamberi turut berpendapat peluang untuk menemui vaksin Covid-19 lebih cerah berbanding penyakit HIV kerana sifat virus HIV adalah amat cepat bermutasi berbanding sifat Covid-19 yang bermutasi pada kadar lebih stabil.

Menurutnya, Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) juga perlu memainkan peranan menasihati badan kelulusan perubatan di seluruh dunia untuk melonggarkan kelulusan penghasilan vaksin Covid-19 sebagaimana vaksin penyakit Ebola dengan mengambil kira keadaan kecemasan disebabkannya ketika ini.

“Sekiranya semua pihak memainkan peranan masing-masing dengan sebaiknya, harapan kita untuk melihat penemuan vaksin Covid-19 lebih cepat sekali gus membendung segera wabak sangat berjangkit itu lebih cerah,” katanya.

Dr Zamberi turut menjelaskan terdapat perbezaan di antara kajian penemuan vaksin Covid-19 dengan kajian rawatan perubatan bagi memulihkan pesakit dijangkiti virus itu.

Menurutnya, keputusan WHO memilih Malaysia menjalankan kajian menguji keberkesanan ubat merawat pesakit Covid-19 dikenali sebagai Remdesivir sebenarnya adalah proses pelaksanaan kajian rawatan perubatan bagi tujuan pemulihan pesakit yang telah dijangkiti Covid-19.

“Kajian penemuan vaksin pula lebih kepada tujuan pencegahan dengan pemberian vaksin akan ditumpukan kepada mereka yang belum lagi dijangkiti Covid-19 tetapi berisiko besar menghidapinya,” kata beliau.

SH

Seorang pemain bola sepak Kuala Lumpur antara 19 individu yang didenda RM900 oleh Mahkamah Sesyen, di sini hari ini, selepas didapati bersalah melanggar Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP), Jumaat lalu.

Tertuduh, Abdul Azim Rahim, 23, dan tiga rakannya membuat pengakuan bersalah selepas pertuduhan dibacakan secara berasingan di hadapan Hakim Ahmad Sazali Omar.

Berdasarkan pertuduhan, tertuduh berkumpul di depan jalan Felda Bukit Bulat, di sini, tanpa sebab munasabah sekitar jam 7.05 malam pada 27 Mac 2020.

Dia didakwa mengikut Seksyen 186 Kanun Keseksaan dan Peraturan 7(1) Peraturan-Peraturan Pencegahan dan Pengawalan Penyakit Berjangkit (Langkah-Langkah Di Dalam Kawasan Tempat Jangkitan) 2020.

Terdahulu Timbalan Pendakwa Raya, Rohaiza Zainal mencadangkan hukumkan setimpal dikenakan sebagai pengajaran kepada semua tertuduh dan masyarakat di luar di saat wabak koronavirus (Covid-19) semakin menular.

Abdul Azim yang memakai topeng muka dan tidak diwakili peguam merayu hukuman diringankan dengan alasan menanggung orang tua yang tidak sihat selain dua adik yang masih belajar.

Ahmad Sazali sebelum menjatuhkan hukuman itu dengan tegas memberitahu bahawa tiada siapa yang perlu berada di mahkamah sekiranya semua orang dapat memberikan kerjasama kepada pihak berkuasa dan mematuhi arahan diberikan kerajaan.

Selain mereka, empat warga asing yang ditahan dalam Ops Covid-19 di sekitar daerah ini turut disabitkan atas kesalahan sama dan mahkamah mengarahkan kesemua tertuduh berusia 20 hingga 30 tahun itu dipenjara sebulan sekiranya gagal membayar denda berkenaan.

Sementara itu, mahkamah turut memerintahkan lapan remaja berusia 15 hingga 17 tahun yang turut ditahan mengikut seksyen yang sama dikenakan bayaran jaminan RM1,000 menunggu laporan akhlak Jabatan kebajikan Masyarakat dan menetapkan sebutan semula pada 13 Mei depan.

SH

When it was announced that those who don’t comply with the MCO will face jail time or a RM1,000 fine, many started taking the order seriously by actively trying to limit going out of the house as much as possible. Sadly, there were still a few who needed an ‘extra push’ to understand the consequences of their actions.

Recently, a few PDRM officers got creative with their methods of enforcing the order when they rounded up a group of immigrant workers who were caught walking together in public for no justifiable excuse. In a video posted by Media Netizen, one officer could be seen instructing the group to stand in a line and do squats while pulling their ears as another officer took pictures and recorded the humiliating fiasco to show the world the kind of public embarrassment they’d be subjected to if they weren’t going to listen to the rules.

While the location of the scene was not disclosed, netizens believe that the humiliating incident occurred somewhere within the Kuala Lumpur region. Many netizens were amused by the creativity of the officers who took a page from your typical guru disiplin’s book at punishing these rule-breakers.

W.O.B.

We’re officially into the second phase Movement Control Order (MCO). Unfortunately, due to the adamancy of some people, the authorities are forced to take stricter actions. More roadblocks are being set up and more people who can’t seem to follow simple instructions are being arrested.

In a roadblock along Persiaran Suria, a woman was detained after shouting incessantly at police personnel. According to Malaysia Gazette, the woman was one of the hundreds of motorists caught by surprise after police set up a new roadblock along Persiaran Surian to enforce the MCO.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal explained that they had set up the roadblock because many people were still driving far from their home to buy necessities.

In the incident which happened around 9.30am today (31 March), the woman had just reached her house after the extensive roadblocks. The woman who lived in an apartment right opposite the roadblock repeatedly honked for 30 minutes to reach her home faster.

“Hoi stupid idiots! Why are you doing roadblocks till there’s massive jam everywhere!” the woman said.

“She called us idiots. Well, we are idiots who have your safety in our hearts and minds,” Nik Ezanee told the reporters, adding that they will only accept you travelling far to buy your necessities if only ALL the shops in your area were closed.

After about 10 minutes, the woman appeared again and was seen walking towards police to argue about the roadblock that allegedly made it difficult for her to buy her household goods.

However, the policeman on duty requested for her ID and detained her.

We’re not being asked to follow complicated instructions, it’s really simple, just STAY AT HOME! You can’t expect to disobey the law and get away scot-free.

W.O.B.

The finance minister of Hesse, Germany, Thomas Schaefer, committed suicide after he allegedly became “deeply worried” about how to handle the economic situation due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

According to The Star, the 54-year-old’s body was found near a railway track on Saturday (28 March) and is believed to have committed suicide, reported the Wiesbaden prosecution’s office.

“We are in shock, we are in disbelief and above all we are immensely sad,” state premier Volker Bouffier said

Hesse is where German’s financial capital Frankfurt, is located and is home to the European Central Bank and major lenders like Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank headquarters.

Bouffier recalled that Schaefer, Hesse’s finance chief for the past 10 years, had been working “day and night” to help companies and workers deal with economic impact of the pandemic.

“Today we have to assume that he was deeply worried,” said Bouffier.

“It’s precisely during this difficult time that we would have needed someone like him.”

Schaefer leaves behind a wife and two children.

W.O.B.

Underfed and chained up for endless hours, many elephants working in Thailand’s tourism sector may starve, be sold to zoos or be shifted into the illegal logging trade, campaigners warn, as the coronavirus decimates visitor numbers.

Before the virus, life for the kingdom’s estimated 2,000 elephants working in tourism was already stressful, with abusive methods often used to ‘break them’ into giving rides and performing tricks at money-spinning animal shows.

With global travel paralysed the animals are unable to pay their way, including the 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of food a day a captive elephant needs to survive.

lephant camps and conservationists warn hunger and the threat of renewed exploitation lie ahead, without an urgent bailout.

“My boss is doing what he can but we have no money,” Kosin, a mahout  — or elephant handler — says of the Chiang Mai camp where his elephant Ekkasit is living on a restricted diet.

Chiang Mai is Thailand’s northern tourist hub, an area of rolling hills dotted by elephant camps and sanctuaries ranging from the exploitative to the humane.

Footage sent to AFP from another camp in the area shows lines of elephants tethered by a foot to wooden poles, some visibly distressed, rocking their heads back and forth.

Around 2,000 elephants are currently “unemployed” as the virus eviscerates Thailand’s tourist industry, says Theerapat Trungprakan, president of the Thai Elephant Alliance Association.

The lack of cash is limiting the fibrous food available to the elephants “which will have a physical effect”, he added.

Wages for the mahouts who look after them have dropped by 70 per cent.

Theerapat fears the creatures could soon be used in illegal logging activities along the Thai-Myanmar border — in breach of a 30-year-old law banning the use of elephants to transport wood.

Others “could be forced (to beg) on the streets,” he said.

It is yet another twist in the saga of the exploitation of elephants, which animal rights campaigners have long been fighting to protect from the abusive tourism industry.

‘Crisis point’

For those hawking a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the giant creatures — whether from afar or up close — the slump began in late January.

Chinese visitors, who make up the majority of Thailand’s 40 million tourists, plunged by more than 80 per cent in February as China locked down cities hard-hit by the virus and banned external travel.

By March, the travel restrictions into Thailand — which has 1,388 confirmed cases of the virus — had extended to Western countries.

With elephants increasingly malnourished due to the loss of income, the situation is “at a crisis point,” says Saengduean Chailert, owner of Elephant Nature Park.

Her sanctuary for around 80 rescued pachyderms only allows visitors to observe the creatures, a philosophy at odds with venues that have them performing tricks and offering rides.

She has organised a fund to feed elephants and help mahouts in almost 50 camps nationwide, fearing the only options will soon be limited to zoos, starvation or logging work.

For those restrained by short chains all day, the stress could lead to fights breaking out, says Saengduean, of camps that can no longer afford medical treatment for the creatures.

Calls are mounting for the government to fund stricken camps to ensure the welfare of elephants.

“We need 1,000 baht a day (S$43) for each elephant,” says Apichet Duangdee, who runs the Elephant Rescue Park.

Freeing his eight mammals rescued from circuses and loggers into the forests is out of the question as they would likely be killed in territorial fights with wild elephants.

He is planning to take out a two million baht loan soon to keep his elephants fed.

“I will not abandon them,” he added.

AsiaOne

According to initial plans, today was supposed to be our last day under the Movement Control Order. However, as we’re all well aware, the second phase of the MCO begins tomorrow and is said to end on the 14th of April.

Police not here to play-play and will enforce rules more strictly

There’s going to be some differences that we’ll face in the second wave as told by our Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. For starters, he said that stricter rules will be enforced beginning April 1st.

800+ people arrested at roadblocks till date

The Star reported that the minister informed, so far there have been 828 people who were arrested on Sunday at roadblocks and during police patrols.

“The number of people arrested for breaking the MCO is increasing, and this is because the police are now taking more serious action,” Ismail Sabri said at a press conference yesterday.

“A total of 67,774 police, army, Rela and Malaysian Civil Defence Force officers have been deployed so far.We have more officers in reserve, and we will increase the number from time to time if deemed necessary.”

New things people need to take note of starting 1st April

  1. Only one person is allowed to travel in each car
  2. Supermarkets, restaurants & food deliveries will only open 8am-8pm.
  3. Contactless deliveries are encouraged for deliveries where the food is placed outside the house and collected without any contact with the deliverer.

W.O.B.

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