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PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Malaysia’s annual National Day parade will not be held this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

However, other programmes related to the celebration on Aug 31 may be held with standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place, he added.

“For now, there will be no parade. We have not scheduled for it to be held because this event involves large crowds… by the thousands. Social distancing, especially among the public who attend the event, will be hard to put into practice.”

“So, for now, no permission has been given for big celebrations or parades for National Day, ” he said in his regular briefing here on Wednesday (July 8).

Datuk Seri Ismail added that the multimedia and communications minister will announce other programmes, aside from the parade, that will be held in conjunction with National Day.

“Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah will announce the details as well as SOPs that must be followed for programmes related to the National Day celebration, ” he said.

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KES jangkitan wabak Covid-19 di negara ini sudahpun mula berkurangan berkurangan. Namun demikian, kita masih perlu berhati-hati.

Ironinya, ramai sudah mula melupakan syarat yang perlu dipatuhi bagi memastikan sebaran virus jahat itu benar-benar dapat diputuskan.

Sekolah akan mula dibuka secara berperingkat pada 15 Julai ini. Justeru, lagilah langkah berkaitan perlu diambil berat terutama dalam kalangan anak-anak kita yang akan ke kelas.

Jika di dalam kawasan sekolah, ia masih boleh dikawal oleh guru. Begitupun, bagaimana jika di luar pagar sekolah? Itulah yang perlu sentiasa kita pesankan kepada anak-anak.

Posting cikgu bernama Ireyna Fadhya Che Ibrahim, 40, guru di Sekolah Taman Sri Sinar, Segambut, Kuala Lumpur baru-baru ini sepatutnya diambil iktibar oleh ibu bapa terutamanya agar sentiasa mengingatkan anak-anak.

“Di sekolah memang cikgu boleh pantau, tapi bagaimana jika di luar? Sudah tentu ibu bapa perlu sentiasa ingatkan anak-anak,” katanya kepada SinarPlus.

Menyentuh hati warganet, ikuti perkongsian beliau yang tular di media sosial baru-baru:

“Pulang dari sekolah…
Lalu di hadapan sekolah menengah berdekatan rumah.

Nahhhh……berkelompok anak-anak muda tingkatan 5
Siap bertepuk tampar dan selonggok duduk bertenggek di kaki lima jalan raya
Entah kenapa….
Hati sebak…
Sebak mengenangkan bersusah payahnya kawan-kawan guru cuba menurut segala SOP yg ada demi keselamatan anak-anak tercinta.

Macam ni lah….
Kita pesan-pesan sikit…

Di dalam sekolah….
Sudah terlalu banyak yang dilakukan oleh guru dalam memastikan terjaganya penjarakan sosial antara murid.

Bila umum sekolah nak dibuka…
Cikgu bertukar macam transformer.
Jadi tukang kayu
Jadi tukang cat
Jadi tukang sapu
Jadi tukang segala tukang.

Ada yang kena angkut kerusi meja
Ada yang tertonggeng-tonggeng melekat tape dan buat tanda penjarakan.

Kemudian..
Orang atas datang pantau…..
Jika ada yang tak kena,
Cikgu kena ubah lagi untuk penambahbaikan

Kena orang atas yang tahu berterima kasih
Untunglah cikgu rasa sikit dihargai.
Kena yang hanya tahu nak cari salah
Habis semua dibuat serba tak kena

Cikgu hadap semua tu sebelum murid masuk sekolah
Bila hari murid masuk…
Cikgu dah awal pagi terpacak ambil suhu
Jaga punya jaga
Pesan punya pesan
Kawal punya kawal
Sampailah murid balik.

Boleh je nak buat tak tahu
Biarlah murid jaga jarak ke tak
Tapi….cikgu ni dia takut
Takut sebab sedang jaga anak orang
Jaga anak sendiri tak takut mcm jaga anak orang
Anak orang kena terguris tangan sikit main dengan kawan
Mak ayah akan datang tanya kenapa
Mak ayah akan buat laporan di jabatan
Kemudian cikgu akan disoal siasat
Di soal mcm cikgu dah bunuh orang
Kemudian kena sedia laporan segala.

Itu baru kena terguris tangan atau tercucuk pensil.
Jadi ….boleh bayang tak kalau anak kena covid
Apa reaksi mak ayah.
Tak mungkin nak mengaku ada bawa anak ke mall
Tak mungkin mengaku pergi jalan merata.
Jadi….sudahnya gurulah yg akan disoal siasat segala
Apa cikgu buat ?
Adakah cikgu patuh sop?
Cikgu buat itu tak?
Cikgu buat ini tak ?

Ya…inilah senarionya
Dan kerana itu
Cikgu sanggup tertonggeng-tonggeng menampal macam-macam bagi memastikan jarak murid terjaga.

Tapi…..sedihnya bila di luar…
Jauh dari pagar sekolah…
Mak ayah lewat jemput anak
Mak ayah lupa nak pesan dan pesan pada anak supaya jaga jarak
Lupa nak pesan pakai mask sentiasa
Maka….anak-anak tak amalkan norma baharu yang ada.
Anak-anak berlagak biasa.

Luluh ya…
Luluh hati seorang guru yang melihatnya
Luluh rasa melihat usaha di dalam seakan sangat sia-sia bila tiba di luarnya
Ia seakan cikgu syok sendiri
Beria menjaga sedangkan di luar
Semua beriang-ria.

Tolonglah….
Jika nak hantar anak ke sekolah
Jangan main lepas tangan saja
Persiapkan anak-anak dengan norma baharu
Pesan dan pesan hingga ia menjadi sebati dan boleh diamalkan anak anak

Jika anda yang menjemput anak
Jemputlah tepat pada waktunya
Jangan biar anak-anak duduk melepak dengan kawan-kawannya
Ini tanggungjawab kita sebagai ibubapa.
Jika kita rasa anak masih tak mampu mengamalkan norma baharu ini
Kekalkan anak di rumah saja.
Tolong jangan menjadi punca dan asbab orang lain di luar sana mendapat susah hanya kerana sikap anak anak kita yang tak pernah kisah dengan norma baharu yang ada.

Tolong ya.

Itu luahan hati Cikgu Ireyna Fadhya. Moga ramai ibu bapa dan penjaga anak yang bakal bersekolah nanti beringat dan jangan lupa ingatkan pada anak-anak. -AG #janganputusasamalaysia

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Optimistic outlook for local tourism

July 3, 2020 | Tourism | No Comments

IT looks like things are starting to look a little brighter where Malaysia’s recovery is concerned. New data released by Airbnb revealed an optimistic outlook for the tourism industry as state border travel restrictions are lifted and more economic sectors and businesses are allowed to reopen.

According to its report, overall guest bookings increased by almost 190% – month-over-month. In the past 30 days, 93% of total bookings made on Airbnb were for domestic destinations.

The top domestic destinations in Malaysia over the last month were for Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru and Penang. Non-urban destinations were the preferred, such as Cameron Highlands, Kuala Terengganu, Port Dickson and other destinations. These made up 64% of bookings.

“We are already seeing early positive signs of domestic travel getting ready to make a comeback, driven by locals booking holidays that are closer to home. This latest data reinforces our belief that travellers are increasingly looking for more local, authentic and affordable experiences,” said Kum Hong Siew, Regional Director (Asia-Pacific), Airbnb.

The company encourages all its hosts and guests to be responsible and follow the guidelines from local officials in view of Covid-19 which has changed the way we live and travel.

-thesundaily

The European Union (EU) opened its borders again on July 1 after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But there’s a catch.

Only 15 countries are allowed to begin flights into their member nations.

And Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that has been deemed “safe” by the EU.

Here’s the full list of countries deemed COVID-19 “safe”:

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Georgia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

Noticeably excluded from the list are the United States and Russia.

Though it’s also included in the EU’s list, travelers from China will only be allowed to fly into the EU on the condition that Beijing opens its doors to EU residents in return, according to the Bangkok Post. The list is likely to be amended in the next two weeks.

The lift on the border restrictions has been made in an effort to help the continent’s tourism sector which has been struggling since the ban in non-essential travel was enforced mid-March.

But the decision by the European Council is not legally binding, so its up to the discretion of each EU member state to decide whether or not to open its borders.

The current COVID-19 situation in Thailand.

As of July 1, Thailand has reported 3,173 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The country has been successful in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus and has reported 3,059 recovery cases and 58 deaths.

It has also reported no local transmission in the past 36 days.

However, even with the drop in COVID-19 infections, officials are extending the country’s state of emergency for the third time to July 31.

Although lockdown restrictions have been loosened to restart Thailand’s economy, the government has cited the risk of a second wave of infections for retaining the emergency rules that have been imposed since March.

On a similar note, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the COVID-19 pandemic is “not even close to being over.

“Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, according to the Chiang Rai Times.

-mashable

KUALA LUMPUR – Setelah hampir empat bulan tidak menjejakkan kaki ke sekolah dan hanya menggunakan pendekatan pembelajaran di rumah akibat ancaman pandemik koronavirus (Covid-19) sejak pertengahan Mac lepas, pelajar akhirnya bakal menyambung semula pembelajaran bermula pertengahan bulan ini.

Debaran dirasai seolah-olah menanti pengumuman tarikh Hari Raya Aidilfitri apabila Menteri Kanan (Pendidikan), Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin merungkai ‘teka-teki’ mengenai tarikh pembukaan sekolah dalam sidang akhbar khasnya semalam.

Bagi pelajar Tingkatan Satu hingga Empat dan pelajar kelas peralihan serta murid Tahun Lima dan Enam akan kembali ke sekolah bermula 15 Julai ini manakala pembukaan semula sekolah bagi murid Tahun Satu hingga Empat pula adalah pada minggu berikutnya iaitu 22 Julai.

Pembukaan semula sekolah untuk murid bukan kelas peperiksaan awam itu dilaksanakan secara berperingkat setelah mengambil kira saranan Kementerian Kesihatan dan Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN).

Semestinya, Julai adalah bulan yang sibuk bukan sahaja untuk murid dan guru tetapi juga ibu bapa yang kini perlu menyusun kembali jadual harian masing-masing, mengatur masa dan menguruskan keperluan harian anak-anak bagi memastikan aktiviti pembelajaran berjalan lancar.

Jika diimbas kembali, semalam juga genap seminggu sekolah dibuka semula kepada pelajar yang akan menduduki peperiksaan awam pada tahun ini iaitu Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) dan Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) serta peperiksaan antarabangsa.

Sesi prasekolah, tadika dan tabika yang bermula semalam turut tidak ketinggalan mencuri tumpuan orang ramai dan lensa media khususnya berkaitan prosedur operasi standard (SOP) yang dilaksanakan di pusat pendidikan berkenaan.

Tinjauan media sosial juga mendapati keletah si cilik yang setia mendengar penerangan guru-guru berkenaan SOP ketika berada di sekolah memberi gambaran mereka mampu mematuhi arahan yang ditetapkan meskipun hanya pada usia sangat muda.

Selain pengumuman pembukaan sekolah, satu lagi berita gembira dikongsikan oleh Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah apabila tiada kes Covid-19 dilaporkan mendapat jangkitan dari dalam negara iaitu menerusi penularan tempatan, sama ada dalam kalangan warganegara Malaysia mahupun bukan warganegara.

Bahkan buat pertama kalinya Malaysia mencatatkan kes harian Covid-19 yang terendah semalam iaitu dengan hanya satu kes baharu melibatkan kes import yang mendapat jangkitan dari luar negara menjadikan jumlah keseluruhan adalah 8,640 kes.

Memetik kata-kata Dr Noor Hisham sebelum ini, Malaysia memerlukan tempoh 28 hari sifar kes Covid-19 sebelum boleh diisytiharkan bebas pandemik berkenaan.

Persoalannya, mampukah kita terus berjuang untuk membebaskan negara daripada pandemik berbahaya itu?

Jika dilihat, kita sudah hampir ke garisan penamat, oleh itu masyarakat perlu kekal komited mengamalkan kelaziman baharu serta patuh kepada SOP yang ditetapkan dengan menjaga jarak sosial, meningkatkan kebersihan kendiri, elak kawasan sempit dan sesak serta elak bertutur dengan jarak dekat.

-sinarharian

Over the past couple of weeks, multiple announcements were made by the government concerning the re-opening of sectors and industries as part of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). But with so many changes being made, it can be hard to keep track of what’s allowed to re-open and what’s not, especially with all the SOPs we still have to abide to.

But we’ve made things easier for you guys by summarizing everything that’s opening up again starting 1st July! Here’s a roundup of everything that’s opening:

1. Pre-schools and kindergartens allowed to open 

Parents can finally breathe a sigh of relief as it was announced that pre-schools and kindergartens would be allowed to operate again this month after all ministers were briefed on the SOPs of how this would take place. Under this category, daycare centres and nurseries are also allowed to resume operations.

2. Swimming pools can resume operations but permission is needed 

Ready for a dip in the pool? Swimming pools including public pools, condominium and apartment pools as well as pools in sports complexes are now allowed to open within the guided SOPs and under the conditions set by governing authorities. These include obtaining permission from local governing authorities, limiting the number of people in the pool at a time and regular daily cleanings after each visit.

3. Cinemas and Live Events allowed to resume operations

Movie buffs will be thrilled at this one! Cinemas and live events will commence operations today. However, Defence Minister, Ismail Sabri, stressed that these can only take place in closed environments and halls. There will also be tightly implemented SOPs including social distancing and the limiting of attendees according to the size of the event space. GSCinemas and TGV cinemas are also having a pretty sweet deal for movie reruns in conjunction with opening-up. You can check those out here!

4. Spa, Wellness and Reflexology Centres allowed to operate 

Stressed about going back to work after months of working from home? Sounds like you could use a spa day. And now that it’s July, that’s finally allowed! Spa, wellness and reflexology centres are allowed to open up today so you can book that well-deserved massage. However, this only extends to local Malaysians and SOPs such as taking temperature, registration and wearing face masks at all times will still apply.

5. All social events, including birthdays, engagement parties and weddings now allowed to be held 

If you’re one of those unlucky individuals who had to postpone your birthday bash or tying the knot no thanks to the pandemic, this is good news for you! You can now throw the party of your dreams…within the guidelines of the SOPs, of coures. There will still be a 250-person limit to the number of attendees allowed which will vary according to the size of the event space. These social gatherings will also only be allowed to run for a maximum of three to five hours, and all guests will have to register their presence on the MySejahtera app.

6. Theme Parks & Water Parks allowed to open

Calling all adrenaline junkies and kids! All dry and wet theme parks are now allowed to operate again. Operators will still strictly enforce social distancing among the park-goers and SOPs will have to be followed accordingly. All guests will need to have their temperatures checked before they enter the premises and hand sanitisers should be stationed at different locations.

7. Tourism sub-sectors will begin opening up in stages 

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions) for travel and trade fair will now be allowed to take place. As with all other events, SOPs will be in place to ensure that not more than 250 people are allowed to attend, with consideration placed on the size of the event space.

And in conjunction with the domestic tourism sector opening up again, the KL tower is hosting a campaign called “We Are Free Campaign 2020” so visitors can enjoy a free pass to the KL Tower observation deck from today till the end of 31st July 2020!

Did someone say FREE? Yes, you saw that correctly. You’ll be able to enjoy the breathtaking city view from spectacular heights for the cost of nothing. However, all visitors are required to abide by the SOP’s specified by MKN and KKM and the number of guests will be limited by the tower’s capacity.

-worldofbuzz

BANGALORE – Vaksin koronavirus (Covid-19) dihasilkan Bharat Biotech telah diluluskan untuk ujian klinikal ke atas manusia yang menjadi vaksin domestik pertama berpotensi yang mendapat lampu hijau selepas negara itu kini mencatatkan lebih 500,000 jangkitan.

Pengawal Ubat Umum India memberi kelulusan untuk ujian fasa pertama dan kedua vaksin Covaxin yang dihasilkan bersama Institut Virologi Negara Majlis Penyelidikan Perubatan India.

Ujian klinikal ke atas manusia dijadualkan bermula di seluruh negara pada Julai.

Difahamkan, firma berpusat di Hyderabad itu telah mengedarkan lebih empat bilion vaksin ke seluruh negara dan pernah menghasilkan vaksin untuk H1N1 dan rotavirus.

Semalam, tentera China turut diberi kebenaran untuk menggunakan vaksin berpotensi yang dihasilkan unit penyelidikan dan CanSino Biologics selepas ujian klinikal membuktikan ia selamat dan berkesan untuk merawat Covid-19.

Ketika ini, terdapat kira-kira 120 program vaksin yang sedang dijalankan di seluruh dunia dan sebanyak enam firma di India kini giat menghasilkan vaksin untuk merawat Covid-19.

-sinarharian

Research has begun in two hospitals on the use of Andrographis Paniculata (AP) to treat Covid-19.

AP has been used in traditional Thai medicine to treat various infections, including fever and cold.

The first phase focuses on safety, disinfecting activity, and reducing virus-cell division.

Dr Marut Jirasrattasiri, director-general of the Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine Department, said his department is collaborating with the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Chulabhorn Research Institute, and Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) in conducting a pilot study on the effects of AP extracts on patients with Covid-19 with approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee.

There was a request to conduct a trial on patients at the Bamrasnadura Infectious Disease Institute. However, since the current situation of people infected with Covid-19 in Thailand is getting better, there are very few patients in the programme.

The Department, therefore, requested the committee permission to change the hospital conducting human research to Samut Prakan Hospital and Bang Lamung Hospital since they are the main state quarantine centres accepting returnees from abroad.

The hospitals are ready since June 22 and can proceed immediately if any infected person meets the criteria for treatment.

He added that the infected people who meet the criteria to receive AP will be patients who have been confirmed to be infected with Covid-19 with symptoms lasting no more than 72 hours, with mild to moderate symptoms: fever, coughing and heating, which is usually not given any kind of medication.

In the first phase, six subjects will receive 60mg of AP extract capsules, or three times the normal dose, three times a day to see if the symptoms improve clearly. Another six patients will receive 100mg of AP extract capsules, or five times the normal dose, three times a day.

“The first phase of human trials will focus on safety. We want to know the efficiency both in people with and without symptoms, the effects on the blood, and the cytokine enzyme effect that is harmful to the lungs, heart, or liver.

“The extract will help reduce infection or disinfect. If it works well, it will be cheap and widely available. Importantly, the herbs are produced in Thailand 100 per cent,” Dr Marut said.

-asiaone

KUALA LUMPUR: With government and private kindergartens, pre-schools, nurseries and day-care centres scheduled to resume operations on Wednesday (July 1), parents must surely be busy making the final arrangements to send their little ones there after a three-month hiatus following the imposition of the Movement Control Order.

For sure, there will be some parents who are still unsure about sending their children to these places as the nation has not yet been declared free of Covid-19.

So it is the management of these places who play an important role in ensuring that they are prepared with the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the government to ensure the safety of the little ones.

Attention must be given to social distancing and the cleanliness of the premises must be maintained as the children are excited and eager to be with their friends.

Besides pre-schools, kindergartens and nurseries, various other sectors have also been allowed to resume operations including spas, wellness and foot massage centres, cinemas, theatres and ‘live’ event venues, while meetings, conferences, seminars, courses or training sessions can now be held.

The government has also allowed from the same date social events like weddings, engagement parties, anniversary and birthday celebrations as well as religious gatherings to be held.

Swimming in public, hotel, condominium, gated community and private pools have also been allowed.

Today is the 20th day of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) which came into effect on June 10. The rules are slowly being relaxed, but the people must remember not to be complacent as the country is still battling Covid-19.

As Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah constantly reminds in his press conferences, the public must continue to observe the SOP including maintaining social distancing, washing their hands, wearing masks and avoiding close interactions.

As of yesterday, the number of Covid-19 infection cases in the country remain at double digits with 18 reported positive cases bringing the cumulative number to 8,634 including 195 active cases.

No deaths due to the virus were reported yesterday and the death toll remains at 121 or 1.40 % of total number of cases. 

-thesundaily

As the Malaysian government prepares to lift the ban on wedding receptions and allow newly engaged couples to finally tie the knot before family and friends, it is worth bearing in mind that this does not mean that the threat of Covid-19 is long behind us. If anything, there’s plenty of reason to continue following the SOPs as prescribed by the Ministry of Health, to safeguard everyone’s wellbeing.

Unfortunately for one couple in Indonesia, organising a wedding reception during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country without following any prescribed guidelines has left incredibly disastrous results. The wedding reception, which took place in Semarang, Central Java, involved more than 30 people.

This comes after the country’s Religious Affairs Ministry permitted Muslims to hold wedding vow ceremonies on 10th June 2020, which is a legal requirement to get married in Indonesia. They were allowed to do so outside the office premises of local religious affairs offices, at their home, at mosques, or meeting halls.

For ceremonies held at home and outside religious offices, no more than 10 people are allowed to be present according to The Jakarta Post. Ceremonies held in larger venues on the other hand, would allow for guests of up to 20 people, depending on the size of the venue.

However, the couple invited far more guests than they were actually permitted to, and shortly after, their guests started falling sick one after another.

“It (the wedding reception) was not carried out according to health protocols as the bride and groom invited more than 30 people,” said Semarang mayor Hendrar Prihadi in speaking with Kompas.

Testing of the attendees who were present at the wedding revealed that as many as 30 people, including members of the mosque, were infected with Covid-19.

It was also reported by Jateng Suara that the groom’s mother and the bride’s younger sibling had passed away due to Covid-19.

This new spike of cases has resulted in a new cluster within Semarang. As of Monday (22nd June 2020), Semarang recorded 554 cases of Covid-19, and 112 deaths.

W.O,B



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