PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be undertaking official visits to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates starting March 6. This will be Muhyiddin's first official visit to both countries since assuming office on March 1 last year, said Wisma Putra. The Prime Minister's three-day visit to Saudi Arabia will start on March 6 and from there, he will undertake a visit to the UAE starting March 9. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by a small delegation comprising Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, and senior officials from the Prime Minister's Office and Foreign Ministry. "The official visit will be subject to strict Covid-19 preventative SOP as agreed upon by the Health Ministry, the National Security Council (NSC), and by the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Health and Prevention of the UAE," said Wisma Putra in a statement on Friday (March 5). Among the SOP is for the Malaysian delegation to provide negative ... » Learn More about Muhyiddin to make official visits to Saudi Arabia and UAE
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PETALING JAYA: Four new Covid-19 clusters have been identified, with three linked to workplaces, says the Health Ministry. Its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the other is a community-related cluster. The three work clusters are Lagoon Selatan in Selangor, Jalan Firma Dua in Johor, Jalan Haji Malek in Melaka, while the community cluster is in Bukit Tunggal, Sarawak. In the Lagoon Selatan cluster, workers of a cleaning company located at Jalan Lagoon Selatan in Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya were screened since Feb 27. As of March 6, some 34 individuals were screened, with 12 testing positive. In the Firma Dua cluster, the index case for the cluster was tested positive for Covid-19 on March 4. The cluster involves factory workers at Jalan Firma 2/1, Kawasan Perindustrian Tebrau 1 in Johor. As of March 6, a total of 139 individuals were screened, with 28 testing positive. The third cluster at Jalan Haji Malek in Jasin, Melaka, involves a group of workers ... » Learn More about Covid-19: Four new clusters identified, three linked to workplaces
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Nigerian variant B1.525 of Covid-19 has important mutations in its spike protein but they do not affect the ability to detect or trace a person infected with the variant, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) . The Health director-general said this is because existing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kits use multiple targets to detect variants even though that person can be asymptomatic. "Currently, no data suggests that this variant is of more virulence or causes increased fatality, ” he said in a media statement Saturday (March 6) in response to questions on the Nigerian variant. From laboratory study reports, Dr Noor Hisham said, mutation E484K which was also seen in other variants, including the South African (B.1.351) and Brazilian (P.1) variants, had been associated with some level of resistance to neutralising antibodies which were needed to confer protection. The resistance means a possible reduction in the effectiveness of natural ... » Learn More about Covid-19: Nigerian variant does not affect ability to detect, trace infected persons
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Six university hospitals have been entrusted to serve as Vaccine Administration Centres (VACs) to assist the government in implementing the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, says Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad. The six university hospitals are Universiti Teknologi Mara Medical Special Centre (UiTMMSC); Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (PPUM); Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Hospital, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HCTM UKM); Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (HUSM); Sultan Ahmad Shah Medical Centre @IIUM (SASMEC @IIUM) and the Universiti Putra Malaysia Hospital (HPUPM), she explained. Noraini said the six university hospitals had received their supply of the vaccine in stages since Feb 25 with HPUPM to be the last to receive it from March 15. "Universiti Malaysia Sabah Hospital (HUMS), however, has yet to be registered with the Health Ministry (MOH) to be turned into a VAC. The application has been made and HUMS is fully prepared to ... » Learn More about Six university hospitals are Covid-19 vaccine administration centres, says Higher Education Minister
Thailand, the sole Asian country to legalise cannabis for medical use , is so keen on educating locals about the drug ’s benefits that tourism and sports minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn this month unveiled a medical marijuana tour that will cover eight provinces, set to kick off next year. But not too far away, in Singapore, top officials are singing a starkly different tune. Law and home affairs minister K. Shanmugam has in recent weeks taken to social media on multiple occasions to stress the island nation’s zero-tolerance stance on drugs – marijuana included. Earlier this month, he told local media Singapore had to “hold the line” on the issue and needed to persuade the international community “based on rationality and science”. The issue of cannabis legalisation around the world was once again thrust into the spotlight this month, following a vote by the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs to reclassify it one that is less dangerous and has medical or therapeutic ... » Learn More about Why is Asia divided on a green light for medical marijuana?
Adam Reza is among those for whom environmental awareness took a back seat to health concerns during Malaysia’s national lockdown earlier this year to curb the spread of Covid-19 . Despite making a conscious effort to be mindful, he estimates his use of plastics increased by up to 80 per cent as people were confined indoors for more than 90 days as the pandemic raged. “I’m not exactly a green conscious guy, but before the lockdown I did make a conscious effort to be mindful,” said management consultant Adam, 29. “Now I just don’t care as much. Even at food courts, now that things are open, I make a point to use the plastic single-use cutlery because I am worried about germs.” With consumers around the world stuck at home amid the spread of Covid-19 – which has infected close to 19 million people and killed more than 700,000 – the utilisation of single-use plastic has skyrocketed, raising concerns about recycling and surging pollution. Many people are reliant on food ... » Learn More about Plastic pollution plagues Southeast Asia amid Covid-19 lockdowns
SINGAPORE: COVID-19 vaccinations for migrant workers in Singapore will begin with 10,000 people living in the country's five largest dormitories, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (Mar 8). This batch of workers have never been infected by COVID-19, said the ministry, adding that their vaccinations will be conducted at the five dormitories. Workers who have been fully vaccinated can be subjected to a lower frequency of testing that is conducted every 28 days instead of the current 14-day cycle. Vaccinations will progressively be made available to other migrant workers, said MOH. READ: Workers who have recovered from COVID-19 exempted from rostered routine testing: MOH, MOM Migrant workers living in dormitories made up about 90 per cent of Singapore's COVID-19 tally. Infections among this group have fallen over the past few months, with no cases reported on most days. In a media release, MOH said migrant worker dormitories are where large COVID-19 clusters ... » Learn More about Singapore to vaccinate migrant workers against COVID-19, starting with 10,000 dormitory residents