KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.
1. The National Security Council will decide on March 30 on whether the movement control order needs to be extended. Epidemiologist Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud said six weeks may be needed for the order to be effective due to the recent mass gatherings.
2. Staff at some hospitals have improvised their own protective equipment as supplies dwindle. Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this was a distribution issue and is being addressed.
4. Malaysia has recorded 212 new Covid-19 cases and four new deaths – the highest single-day increase for both figures. Meanwhile, 20 people have recovered, including Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii and two Suhakam commissioners.
5. Amid conflicting directives on whether to wear surgical masks in public, Noor Hisham said social distancing would be adequate for community settings and the masks should be reserved for healthcare workers.
7. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced another RM500 million to boost the Health Ministry’s efforts to fight Covid-19. The ministry has opened a special bank account to receive public donations.
10. Isma has joined several groups in filing a legal suit challenging the validity of vernacular schools in Malaysia.