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Jangkitan Kluster Teratai menular dalam komuniti

December 3, 2020 | Info, News | No Comments

Jangkitan Kluster Teratai yang bermula daripada asrama pekerja kilang Top Glove di Klang kini telah menular dalam komuniti di luar kawasan tersebut.

Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah berkata, Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) mengesan sekurang-kurangnya 150 jangkitan dalam komuniti berkaitan kluster berkenaan.

“Kita lihat sekarang ini warga asing tinggal di asrama dan penginapan disediakan majikan tetapi ada 164 pekerja tempatan yang duduk di rumah masing-masing,” katanya.

Kluster Teratai terus sumbang peningkatan kes Covid-19

Covid-19: Tiada laporan jangkitan daripada sarung tangan

Covid-19: Kerajaan Pusat digesa henti operasi kilang Top Glove

Menurutnya, apabila pekerja tersebut dijangkiti Covid-19, ia telah menjangkiti ahli keluarga lain.

“Kita dapati sudah ada dua generasi jangkitan yang membabitkan ahli keluarga,” katanya pada sidang akhbar perkembangan harian Covid-19 di sini hari ini.

Dr Noor Hisham berkata, pihaknya telah memulakan saringan dalam komuniti untuk mengesan jangkitan tersebut.

“Kita menggunakan kita ujian pantas antigen (RTK-Ag) dalam kalangan penduduk di Meru, Klang,” katanya.

Setakat ini, Kluster Teratai merekodkan sebanyak 5,083 kes positif Covid-19 daripada 6,609 individu yang disaring.

Terdahulu, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Meru, Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar memaklumkan bahawa seramai 11 penduduk Meru dijangkiti Covid-19.

Sementara itu, dalam perkembangan sama, Dr Noor Hisham berkata, pihaknya sedang mempertimbangkan pegawai perubatan dan pasukan kesihatan awam yang ditempatkan secara sementara di Sabah supaya kembali semula bertugas di Selangor dan Negeri Sembilan.

“Ada permohonan daripada Selangor dan Negeri Sembilan untuk kembalikan petugas mereka berikutan kes yang tinggi di kedua-dua negeri itu,” katanya.

Menurutnya, KKM telah menggerakkan 59 pegawai perubatan dan 57 anggota kesihatan awam digerakkan secara dalaman ke lokasi yang memerlukan.

“Seramai 64 anggota kesihatan awam juga digerakkan dari negeri lain,” katanya.

Tambahnya, KKM turut mendapat sokongan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) iaitu Imam Response & Relief Team (Imaret), Mercy Malaysia dan Persatuan Bulan Sabit Merah Malaysia.

“Antara tugas-tugas yang diarahkan adalah siasatan kes Covid-19, pengesanan kontak rapat dan pengambilan sampel di lapangan.

“Ini membantu KKM untuk mengoptimumkan sumber manusia kita sekali gus mempercepatkan saringan di lapangan,” katanya.

-SINARHARIAN

Pemegang konsesi bagi Lebuhraya Duta – Ulu Kelang (DUKE), Konsortium Lebuhraya Utara – Timur (KL) Sdn Bhd (Kesturi) mengesahkan seorang kakitangannya di Plaza Tol Ayer Panas didapati positif jangkitan Covid-19 semalam.

Dalam satu kenyataan, Kesturi berkata, kakitangan yang juga jurutol plaza tol tersebut kini sedang menerima rawatan di hospital.

“Pihak Lebuhraya DUKE juga menjalankan proses pengesanan kontak rapat kepada kakitangan tersebut dan semua kakitangan yang lain diarahkan untuk menjalankan pemeriksaan lanjut.

“Lorong pelbagai kelas (Multiclass) dan bangunan plaza tol berkenaan akan ditutup sementara waktu bagi proses kerja sanitasi dan pembersihan pada 2 Disember mulai jam 12 tengah malam ini,” kata kenyataan itu.

Menurut kenyataan itu, pengguna lebuh raya dari arah Pusat Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, Sentul dan Gombak yang ingin menuju ke arah Ampang, Setiawangsa dan Wangsa Maju dinasihatkan untuk memastikan bahawa baki kad Touch N Go & E-Wallet adalah mencukupi kerana lorong pelbagai kelas tersebut akan ditutup secara berperingkat untuk proses sanitasi.

“Pihak Lebuhraya DUKE akan memaklumkan sebarang maklumat dari masa ke masa. Sebarang maklumat atau pertanyaan lanjut berhubung perkara ini, pengguna lebuh raya boleh menghubungi talian 03- 4024 6093 atau emel kepada pr@duke.com.my,” katanya.

-sinarharian

Covid-19 dorong manusia kuasai teknologi terkini

December 2, 2020 | News | No Comments

Umat Islam perlu reda dan menerima hakikat bahawa pandemik Covid-19 bukan sahaja mengajar, malah memaksa mereka untuk menguasai internet serta teknologi terkini bagi meneruskan kelangsungan kehidupan.
Pengarah Akademi Keluarga Fitrah & Ikon Dakwah Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim), Ustazah Isfadiah Mohd Dasuki berkata, umat Islam tidak boleh menolak perkara ini kerana ia sangat berkait rapat dengan apa yang akan berlaku pada masa depan, tambah lagi jika pandemik berkenaan berterusan sehingga tahun 2021.

“Secara positifnya, apabila menyebut dunia atau teknologi baharu ia bermakna umat Islam perlu menjadi ‘champion’.

“Kita perlu ke depan dalam penggunaan peralatan dan internet serta tidak boleh lagi hanya berbincang dari sudut bahawa teknologi baharu ini mendatangkan bebanan atau stres.

“Kita perlu menyambut perkara itu dengan penuh tanggungjawab,” katanya pada Wacana Al-Quran Siri 32 bertajuk ‘Impak Kesihatan Pembelajaran Online’ di Kumpulan Karangkraf di sini yang disiarkan secara langsung di Facebook Sinar Harian hari ini.

Turut menjadi panelis ialah Pakar Psikologi Klinikal International University of Malaya-Wales, Dr Mimi Fitriana Zain; sementara Ketua Pegawai Penyelidik, Yayasan Warisan Ummah Ikhlas (WUIF), Fazrul Ismail bertindak sebagai moderator dan Ustaz Husaini Mahmur selaku qari jemputan yang memperdengarkan bacaan surah al-An’am (ayat 141) dan surah Yunus (ayat 57).

Isfadiah berkata, pada masa yang sama, amat penting untuk umat Islam khususnya ibu bapa mendidik serta mendisiplinkan diri anak-anak supaya mereka sentiasa amanah dan berintegriti apabila menggunakan gajet atau ketika melayari internet.

Menurutnya, ibu bapa perlu berusaha memastikan anak-anak sedar bahawa ALLAH sentiasa memerhatikan dan melihat apa saja pilihan yang mereka ambil.

“Tambah lagi gajet atau internet ini diibaratkan seperti ‘pisau’ dan tahun 2020 ini adalah tahun yang kita terpaksa membuat anak-anak memegang pisau untuk pembelajaran secara ‘online’ terutamanya.

“Jadi ibu bapa perlu bekerjasama dengan guru untuk berdepan cabaran ‘pisau-pisau’ ini dan pada masa yang sama perlu mengajar anak-anak untuk menjadi matang bukan saja dalam aspek pembelajaran tetapi juga bagaimana untuk mereka menjadi pemimpin (amanah) kepada diri sendiri,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Isfadiah turut mengingatkan apabila seseorang itu sedang berhubung dengan dunia maya, mereka tidak boleh lupa kepada dunia fizikal dan perlu sentiasa mengutamakan empat keperluan ini iaitu dari sudut IQ (kecerdasan akal), EQ (kecerdasan emosi), PQ (kecerdasan fizikal) serta SQ (kecerdasan rohani).

Katanya, dalam konteks penggunaan internet dan pembelajaran ‘online’ juga, ALLAH mengingatkan seseorang itu perlu mengambil faedah atau manfaat daripada media sosial atau internet, kemudiannya berkongsi maklumat itu untuk membantu orang lain pula.

“Seterusnya ALLAH juga ingatkan dengan nikmat yang diberi-Nya, jangan sesekali kita melampaui batas, membazir atau menggunakan nikmat yang diberikan dengan sesuka hati kerana akan dianggap kufur nikmat,” katanya.

-sinarharian

A rushed cull of Denmark’s minks over concerns about a coronavirus mutation has left the country facing a new horror, as cadavers of the animals reemerge from the earth.

The macabre phenomenon was observed in a military training field outside the western town of Holstebro, where thousands of minks had been put into an improvised mass grave.

The carcasses rose to the surface, lifted by pressure from gases released by the decomposition, according to local police.

The environment ministry said minks should be covered by at least 150cm of earth, but according to public broadcaster DR they were only buried under 100cm of dirt in the field outside Holstebro.

“The authorities are playing with our environment and using it as a dumping ground,” Leif Brogger, a local politician, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

Adding to the frustration, the animals had been buried too close to a lake, raising fears of phosphorus and nitrogen pollution, though officials have promised to fix the situation.

The ministry insisted the minks’ escape from their tomb was a “temporary problem tied to the animals’ decaying process”.

“To avoid potential problems for animals and humans the area will be monitored 24 hours a day until a fence is put up,” said the ministry.

Photos and videos of the ghastly sight have set social media abuzz, with one Twitter user dubbing 2020 “the year of the zombie mutant killer minks”.

In early November, Denmark – which is the world’s largest exporter of mink fur – announced it would cull all of the country’s more than 15 million minks after a mutated version of the novel coronavirus was discovered and believed to jeopardise the effectiveness of future vaccines.

Two weeks after having issued the decree – while in the middle of political crisis over the legality of the decision – the government concluded last week that the potential threat to human vaccines was “very likely extinguished”, in the absence of any new cases of the mutated version.

More than 10 million minks have already been culled in the Scandinavian country, according to the latest tally.

-freemalaysiatoday

NEW YORK – Mayat hampir 700 pesakit koronavirus (Covid-19) di New York, Amerika Syarikat (AS) pada musim bunga lalu masih ditempatkan di dalam trak sejuk beku.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) melaporkan kebanyakan daripada keluarga pesakit tidak berkemampuan untuk melakukan upacara pengebumian dengan sempurna atau waris mereka gagal dikesan.

“Kebanyakannya mayat tidak dituntut kerana masalah kewangan dihadapi waris keluarga mereka. Sebahagian waris juga tidak dimaklumkan dengan segera tentang kematian ahli keluarga mereka,” lapor WSJ lagi.

Difahamkan, ‘bilik mayat’ sementara itu mula digunakan sejak April lalu apabila kota metropolitan itu berdepan langkah lockdown dan lonjakan kes jangkitan serta kematian yang luar biasa.

Pada April lalu, Datuk Bandar, Bill de Blasio juga menyatakan pengebumian secara beramai-ramai juga tidak dapat dilakukan kerana New York mempertimbangkan penggunaan kubur sementara.

Bagaimanapun, ia tidak dapat menampung jumlah kematian harian yang meningkat pada masa tersebut.

Sementara itu, Gabenor New York, Andrew Cuomo memberitahu, kebanjiran pesakit di hospital juga telah melonjak lebih 120 peratus sejak tiga minggu lalu selepas ancaman wabak itu semakin teruk di AS.

-sinarharian

A total of 28 Top Glove factories in Meru, Klang, will be closed temporarily following a surge in COVID-19 cases linked to the Teratai cluster

In his live conference yesterday, 23 November, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri said that the special Cabinet meeting has agreed to shut down the factories in stages to test the workers and undergo quarantine.

The closure will be coordinated by the Selangor State Security Committee and the Top Glove management.

Top Glove stated that 16 facilities were closed since 18 November, while 12 facilities are still operating with reduced capacity and will be temporarily closed in stages

According to their press statement, about 5,700 workers in Top Glove hostels were screened for the virus.

However, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said he was informed by the factory management that around 13,000 people worked in 28 different buildings.

During his daily briefing on 23 November, he said that 5,767 workers were tested so far, with 2,524 tested positive, 1,330 tested negative, and 1,913 were still waiting for their results.

“The Klang District Health Office is working with the factory management to plan the screening of all these workers,” he added.

SAYS

Syarikat pengeluar kicap dan sos masakan buatan Malaysia, Mahsuri Food Sdn Bhd menyumbangkan bantuan sebanyak RM15,000 menerusi inisiatif ‘Ikhlas untuk Sabah’ bagi membantu rakyat Sabah yang terjejas akibat pandemik koronavirus (Covid-19).

Ketua Komersil Mahsuri Food Sdn Bhd, Mohd Jazri Ikmal Hijaz berkata, pihaknya menyasarkan untuk menghulurkan bantuan barangan keperluan asas kepada kira-kira 300 ahli keluarga di sekitar kawasan Sandakan dan Semporna.

“Barang keperluan asas untuk program ini dibeli dari kedai runcit tempatan di Sabah dan diharap ia juga dapat membantu industri runcit tempatan di negeri itu.

“Kami berharap sumbangan ini sedikit sebanyak dapat membantu warga asnaf di Sabah,” katanya kepada Sinar Harian pada sesi penyerahan cek di Wisma Tune di sini semalam.

Sementara itu, Ketua Ikhlas, Ikhlas Kamarudin berkata, pihaknya menyambut baik dan berterima kasih kepada Mahsuri Food Sdn Bhd atas sokongan dengan turut menyumbang dana bagi menjayakan program tersebut.

Menurutnya, inisiatif ‘Ikhlas untuk Sabah’ dilancarkan pada 27 Oktober lalu, khusus bagi membantu rakyat Sabah yang terjejas teruk akibat Covid-19.

“Semua dana yang diperoleh menerusi program ini akan disalurkan sepenuhnya kepada rakyat Sabah.

“Alhamdulillah, setakat ini jumlah sumbangan hampir mencecah 70 peratus sasaran dan kita yakin dapat mencapai sasaran sebanyak RM250,000 sebaik sahaja kempen ini berakhir pada 30 November ini,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, sumbangan dana oleh Mahsuri Food Sdn Bhd akan digunakan untuk pengagihan barang keperluan asas oleh Ikhlas dan Kawasan Keselamatan Khas Pantai Timur Sabah (ESSCOM) pada hujung minggu ini.

“Disebabkan fokus bantuan kita untuk penduduk di kawasan yang agak pedalaman dan banyak tidak diketahui oleh pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO), maka kita memerlukan kerjasama daripada pihak ESSCOM,” kata Ikhlas.

-sinarharian

As the 2020 school year drew to a close on November 9, parents and teachers could not help but reflect on how much the Covid-19 pandemic has affected Malaysian schoolchildren’s daily lives and studies.

On the last day of school, a primary school teacher in Seremban, affectionately known as Cikgu Ila, posted this message on her Year One pupils parents’ WhatsApp group: “I’ve already packed your children’s books. Later I’ll let u know when to come to the school to collect them.

“I feel sad as I go about clearing the classroom. Who could guess 2020 would end like this. We are forced to part without any speech or message for the pupils. After this (next year), the children will go to the second year.”

She also attached some photographs of the deserted classroom. Her pupils’ books, neatly packed and arranged on their desks, were a reminder of their rather brief stint in schools this year.

Some of the parents were moved to tears by her message and photos.

“Sad to see Cikgu packing up our children’s books. They only managed to go to school for a few months. They didn’t even have the chance to get to know their classmates better,” said one parent.

“Sad our children did not get to know each other or the chance to explore Year One. It has been an ordeal for all of us,” said another parent.

Limited social interactions

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly impacted children’s lives and disrupted their daily activities.

Malaysian schoolchildren, for example, were barely in school for three months when schools were shuttered following the enforcement of the movement control order on March 18.

Although schools reopened in the middle of the year, the children returned to a totally different environment at school due to the need for them to wear a mask and practice physical distancing, as well as eat at their own desk during break.

Are children at risk of developing mental and emotional issues in view of the new norms that are forced on them?

Child psychologist Dr Noor Aishah Rosli acknowledged that the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on children in terms of their emotional, cognitive and behavioural aspects.

Children, particularly those aged between four and 11, by nature are cheerful and love to mingle and play with their friends; however, the Covid-19 pandemic drastically limited their interactions, she told Bernama.

“They could no longer go out and play with their friends at the playground or go to shopping malls with their parents. They have to stay at home as it is the safest place for them.

“Besides these social changes, some children feel stressed and fearful when their family members are obsessed with using sanitiser and face mask and paranoid about getting infected by the virus.

“We also have to take into consideration children who come from different backgrounds… some of them may be living in big houses but there are also those who live in congested dwellings with their big families. All these factors can influence their emotions, attitude and behaviour,” said Dr Noor Aishah, who is also a senior lecturer at Universiti Malaya’s Department of Educational Psychology and Counselling.

At a time when even adults are reeling from the effects of the pandemic, children need all the moral support they can get from their parents to remain motivated and keep themselves up-to-date with their studies and adapt to the new normal way of life.

Illiteracy

Niena Najwa Mohd Rashid, a clinical psychologist at Pusat Pakar Psikologi Jiwadamai in Shah Alam, said among the challenges children may face are learning-related problems including illiteracy as this year’s limited formal schooling session has left syllabuses uncompleted.

“Learning online in an informal setting at home can affect their concentration and focus. Furthermore, not all children have access to Internet facilities, computers and printers,” she said.

She said in this respect, the government should consider providing free Internet access or setting up Internet centres to ensure that children from needy communities are not left behind in their studies as a result of the pandemic.

According to the UNICEF Data Hub on the website, at least one-third of the world’s schoolchildren — 463 million children globally — were unable to access remote learning when the Covid-19 pandemic forced schools to close.

The actual number of students who cannot be reached during the pandemic is likely significantly higher than this estimate. In many situations, despite remote learning policies and the presence of the necessary technology at home, children may be unable to learn due to skills gaps among their teachers or a lack of parental support.

Stress

Dr Noor Aishah, meanwhile, said parents play a crucial role in monitoring the academic progress of their children whose classes are being conducted online.

She said with the experience they had gained during the initial phases of the MCO, they are now probably better prepared mentally and have the necessary devices to facilitate the e-learning process.

She, however, advised parents not to feel too stressed if they are not able to follow the online sessions with their children.

“It’s not easy for parents to supervise their children, especially if they are working from home and have a number of children whose online classes they have to manage.

“We are worried that all those responsibilities may cause them stress which will have an adverse effect on their emotional state which, in turn, will impact their children,” she explained.

Describing the learning process as a long and continuous one, Dr Noor Aishah said parents can on their own initiative teach their children whenever they have the time. This will not only forge closer ties but also enable them to identify and rectify any weakness in their children.

“For example, if your child who is in Year One can’t read properly, then just focus on teaching him or her to read well,” she added.

-malaymail

Germany has figured out a clever way to encourage people to stay home to stop the spread of Covid-19 as the pandemic rages on.

Instead of demonising those who refuse to stay home to flatten the curve, the German federal government took the route of positive reinforcement by hailing couch potatoes as heroes.

It was all captured in a witty 1.35-minute video titled “#specialheroes — Together against corona” that was released over the weekend.

The coronavirus battle in the ad is told from the perspective of an elderly man recalling his younger days as a university student when the second wave hit.

“In the winter of 2020, when the whole country’s eyes were on us.

“I had just turned 22 and was studying engineering when the second wave hit.”

The scene then flashes back into the past as his younger self, informing audiences about an invisible danger that threatened everything they believed in, including their lifestyle.

“Suddenly the fate of this country lay in our hands so we mustered all our courage and did what was expected of us, the only right thing,” the man said.

“We did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Being as lazy as raccoons.

“Days and nights, we stayed on our a***s at home and fought against the spread of the coronavirus.”

Accompanied by dramatic music, the man is seen lazing on his couch as he eats potato crisps and takes a swig from a carbonated drink can while watching television and waiting for takeout pizza.

“Our couch was the front line and our patience was our weapon,” he said.

“Looking back, this was our fate, this is how we became heroes.”

The ad ends with a government message: “You too can become a hero by staying at home.”

The clip on Twitter, which has English subtitles, has been watched 1.8 million times, receiving 9,700 retweets and 16,600 likes.

Germany has 800,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 12,692 deaths.

The European country initiated a month-long partial lockdown in early November which saw the temporary closure of bars, restaurants, gyms and a limit on the number of people in public and home gatherings to control the spread of the pandemic.

-malaymail

The postponement of key national examinations to next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic will not force school-leavers to miss an entire cycle in local or foreign universities, said educational consultants.

They said while the decision to delay the Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM), Malaysian Higher School Certificate (STPM), Malaysian Vocational Certificate (SVM), and Malaysian Higher Religious Certificate to February and later would push the results into the latter half of 2021, students still have the option of later intakes at most universities.

However, they advised students to familiarise themselves with the intake cycles of their intended study destinations as there could be more delays given the uncertainty caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Janice Foo of Malaysia IDP Education Ltd conceded that those planning to further their studies in Australia and New Zealand would miss the usual February and March intake cycle.

“However, students can start their plans to study abroad on the following intakes, which are in July or August or in some cases October or November as well.

“Students will only miss out on six months of studies,” she told Malay Mail.

Those planning to study abroad in northern hemisphere countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada and United States would face less disruption as these have fall intakes beginning in August.

An AUG Student Services education counsellor in Ipoh, Perak, who declined to be named, said as it was still unknown when the national examination results would come out, upper secondary students should plan to use their trial examinations for applications.

She also said there should not be major disruptions to local university enrolment as there were intakes in January, March, and July.

Predicting that the national examination results should be available by July, she said students should be able to make it for the intake then and that it was possible that universities may extend their intakes to cater to the delay.

“Maybe students can still apply for it using their trial results and submit the actual result once they receive it. This way, they might not have to skip the whole year,” she said.

“For overseas universities, they could still follow this method in some universities,” she added.

However, an education counsellor from Penang who asked not to be named said applying using trial results would still lead to missed classes.

She said that due to a policy change last year, successful applications using trial results only meant provisional enrolment and students would not be allowed to join classes without submitting their official results.

She also expressed concern that the delayed availability of the examination results meant students would have less time to prepare the applications to the universities of their choice.

“However, based on our previous experience, universities might extend their intakes while maintaining the original intake.

“This is because there would still be some student enrolment, especially the ones who applied this year,” she added.

Those sitting for the external examinations such as the A-Level and O-Level would not face any delays as these were allowed to proceed according to the existing schedules, she said.

On November 8, Senior Education Minister Mohd Radzi Md Jidin announced that the SPM, SVM and STAM examinations will be postponed until February 22 next year due to the rise in Covid-19 cases.

The STPM was also tentatively set for March 8.

Radzi said that the ministry will reschedule all assessments and will announce new timetables for the uncompleted SPM trial examinations, coursework and assessments that had been scheduled until December 2020.

Two parents groups — Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) and Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) — urged the ministry not to delay the national examinations any further and to resume classes as soon as possible, especially for upper secondary students.

-malaymail

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