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We aim to provide the latest, verified news and updates on the COVID-19 situation in Malaysia and overseas. Bookmark and follow this page for regular updates (Updated daily).

10 April 2020, Friday

In a special announcement, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has declared that the MCO (Movement Control Order) will be extended until 28th of April. Meanwhile, Malaysiakini reports that The International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) will begin accepting applications on Monday to allow some industries such as barber shops, social health services, and car workshops to operate with some conditions.

8 April 2020, Wednesday

Malaysiakini reports that Malaysia has now crossed the 4,000 mark, with 156 new cases and 2 deaths added today. On a brighter note, the number of recoveries (166) has for the second time exceeded the number of new cases.

6 April 2020, Monday

Highest Number Of Recoveries In A Day

The Star reported that there are 131 new cases today. However, Malaysia recorded its highest number of recoveries in a day. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced an RM10 Billion Special Stimulus Package for SMES. Read the full details.

3 April 2020, Friday

As of Friday, 6pm, Malaysiakini reported that there are 217 new cases, 3 deaths, 60 recoveries. This brings the total positive COVID-19 cases to 3,333.

31 March 2020, Tuesday

Health Ministry: 140 new Covid-19 cases, death toll now 43

Meanwhile, The Star reported that Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri has announced today — all Malaysians who return to the country will be immediately quarantined for 14 days. This ruling will take effect from April 3

30 March 2020, Monday

Highest Number Of Recoveries In A Day

Malaysia had its highest number of daily recoveries with 91 people discharged today. Meanwhile, there were 156 new Covid-19 cases as of noon today, bringing the total to 2,626.

According to The Star Online, it has been announced that the 2nd phase of MCO will begin on April 1st, with the government increasing more restrictions.

The highlights of this 2nd phase are:

  • Supermarkets and restaurants can only open from 8am to 8pm.
  • Eateries will continue to be restricted to take-away services only.
  • Petrol stations and food delivery services will have operating hours from 8am to 8pm.
  • As for public transportation, the hours of 6am-10am and 5pm-10pm will remain the same in the second phase of MCO.
  • Taxis and e-hailing services can operate non-stop from 6am to 10pm

27 March 2020, Friday

RM250bil Economic Stimulus Package Unveiled

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced a RM250 billion Economic stimulus package today. Get the full details and breakdown of benefits over at The Star Online.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 death toll in Malaysian has risen to 26 and the number of positive Covid-19 cases has increased by 130. (Source: https://twitter.com/KKMPutrajaya)

26 March 2020, Thursday

Highest Increase In Cases In A Day To Date

Online news portal SAYS.com reports that Malaysia saw its highest increase in number of positive Covid-19 cases (+235 cases) to date. Currently, the death toll has risen to 23.

Meanwhile, according to The Star Online, the Prime Minister’s Office has announced that the PM and the cabinet will contribute two months of their salary each to Tabung Covid-19 to help combat the deadly virus.

25 March 2020, Wednesday

MCO Extended Until April 14

Malaysia Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced today that the Movement Control Order (MCO) will be extended until April 14.

It was also announced that as of today there are currently 1,796 positive Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths. We’d like to remind everyone to obey the Movement Control Order, stay home and stay safe.

24 March 2020, Tuesday

Malaysia saw one of it’s highest jumps in a day in terms of number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The current standing is 1,518 cases and 14 deaths as of Monday.

Meanwhile, according to NST Online, Malaysia Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said on Monday that the government may consider extending the Movement Control Order (MCO) by up to two weeks; and that the National Security Council will meet on March 30 to decide on what to do after the current curbs on movement and businesses expire at the end of the month.

Bookmark this page for regular updates on the COVID-19 situation in Malaysia.

22 March 2020, Sunday

Updates on Covid-19 Case Count

There are currently 1,183 confirmed cases, 114 recovered and 8 deaths reported as of yesterday. Malaysiakini reported that Petaling Jaya, Lembah Pantai and Hulu Langat are the top three districts in the country which recorded a high number of Covid-19 positive cases, according to the Health Ministry.

We would like to drop a reminder to everyone to observe the Movement Control Order. Stay at home and minimize trips for supplies unless needed.

21 March 2020, Saturday

Update: Increased Ceiling Price for 3-ply Surgical Masks in Malaysia

Following the Covid-19 infection in Malaysia, face masks have become one of the top essential items that Malaysians sought for. However, when demand kicks in, so does acts of profiteering from merchants having ready stocks. This is why news of N95 masks sold at RM20/piece or 3-ply surgical mask at RM 4 per piece are not uncommon during the early surge of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia.

Due to this, face mask is placed as one of the items under the price control list, where the maximum ceiling price is fixed under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011. Legal action would be taken against errant traders where a maximum fine of RM100,000 or imprisonment up to 3 years, or both if found guilty, while companies could be fined up to RM500,000 or compounded up to RM250,000 if found guilty.

 Initially, ceiling price were set as such:

Types

Retail Price (RM)

Per Piece Price (RM)

1-ply

7.00

0.15

2-ply

10.00

0.20

3-ply

25.00

0.80

N95

--

6.00

 

However, with the increasing number of cases in Malaysia, demand surged three times leading to the shortage in supply. In addition to the ceiling price control in Malaysia, large manufacturers export face mask to other countries for higher prices, leading to shortage of supply here. As remarked by Malaysian Community Pharmacy Guild (MCPG) President Ms Lovy Beh, requests to temporarily remove the ceiling price and ban exports of face mask is required to ensure the sufficient supply in Malaysia.

On 20th March 2020, Putrajaya stopped all exports of surgical mask and increased the ceiling price for the 3-ply variant. With the new Customs (prohibition of Exports)(Amendment)(No.2) order 2020 and Price Control and Anti-Profiteering (determination of maximum price)(No.2) order 2020 (Source: KPDNHEP-Laman Rasmi), Face Mask exports are completely banned and ceiling price increased as follow:

Types

Retail Price / box (RM)

Retail Price / piece (RM)

1-ply

7.00

0.15

2-ply

10.00

0.20

3-ply

100.00

2.00

N95

--

6.00

As announced by Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi, the increase was due to higher production cost for local manufacturers and to cover additional costs imposed on exporters to bring the product into the market.

malaysia face mask price

Malaysia has recorded 1183 positive cases with 4 deaths and 114 recovered, fingers crossed, hopefully this will increase availability of face mask to all Malaysians to curb the rising number of Covid-19 positive cases.

20 March 2020, Friday

COVID-19 cases now stands at 1,030 and there was another reported death from the virus, bringing the total deaths for Malaysia to 3.

In other news, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that the army will be deployed at midnight on Sunday, to assist police in enforcing the movement control order (MCO).

Watch his full announcement below:

Best to heed the advice of the government and the authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Stay home, and stay healthy. 💙 — The Esyms Team

19 March 2020, Thursday

According to The Star, Malaysia is now the 4th highest country in Asia, in terms of number of COVID-19 cases reported. It saw a spike of 110 new cases in a day, with many linked to the tabligh gathering at Kuala Lumpur’s Jamek Sri Petaling Mosque.

Meanwhile, a shipment of medical supplies from China Embassy has just arrived and is on its way to Hospital Sungai Buloh to aid against the fight.

As for esyms, it’s business as usual. Speak to us if you need any essential medicines and pharmacy items as we continue to bring pharmacy services to your doorstep. ⁣

Stay home, and stay healthy. 💙 — The Esyms Team

13 March 2020, Friday

According to New Straits Times online, the number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 197. Stay safe everyone. Here are some health tips which are relevant to this viral season.

Stay home, and stay healthy. 💙 — The Esyms Team

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