Monday, November 9, 2020

30 Things To Know About The CMCO In KL, Selangor, And Putrajaya

Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced all but three states in the Peninsula would be placed under the CMCO for four weeks from Nov 9 to Dec 6.

Perlis, Pahang and Kelantan are the three unaffected states.

This also means that the CMCO currently in effect in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will be extended for another four weeks.

From SAYS..

Defence Minister Ismail Sabri has announced a detailed list of standard operating procedures (SOPs) in regards to the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) enforced in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya

In a live address on 13 October, the Defence Minister said, "As I have announced yesterday, a detailed list of SOPs in regards to the CMCO in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya will be issued soon."

Well, the list has been issued. Following are the 30 things in the CMCO SOP and guidelines:-

1. The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is responsible in enforcing the movement order with the help of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF), the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM), Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM), and The People's Volunteer Corps (RELA).

2. Only two people per household are allowed to leave home to shop for essentials and other items. Those belonging in high-risk groups such as the elderly and children are not encouraged to be outside.

3. Interdistrict and interstate travel is not allowed except for special cases and emergencies for example, in dealing with sickness or a relative's death.

4. Interstate and interdistrict travel is also allowed for work as long as you have a valid working pass and/or a letter from your employer. Those working in their own respective districts do not have to provide a working pass or a letter.

5. Employers must allow workers to work from home. 

6. Residents in other states who would like to travel through the highway and pass through CMCO areas must request for permission from PDRM at police stations. Ismail Sabri noted that the government is working on getting an online system set up for this.

7. Individuals wanting to head to airports in the Klang Valley also have to seek permission from PDRM.

8. In regards to economic activities, all sectors are allowed to operate as per usual. For example, restaurants, stalls, food trucks, and hawkers by the roadside are allowed to carry out business.

9. Restaurants and eateries are only allowed to operate between 6am and 10pm.

10. Take away, delivery, and drive-thru is encouraged, but dine-in is allowed. However, there is a limit of two persons per table.

11. Daily markets are allowed to operate between 6am and 2pm. Wholesale markets are allowed to open from 4am to 2pm. Night markets are allowed to operate between 4pm to 10pm. To ensure people abide with SOPs, the site must be supervised by RELA officials.

12. Petrol pumps are allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm. Those at highways are allowed to operate 24 hours.

13. All public transport such as buses, trains, and taxis are allowed to operate as usual. However, for e-hailing vehicles and taxis, only two passengers are allowed at a time.

14. Food delivery services can only operate between 6am and 12am.

15. Government and private hospitals and clinics are allowed to operate 24 hours a day.

16. Pharmacies are allowed to operate from 8am to 11pm.

17. Commercial vehicles working for the economic sector are allowed to operate as usual as well as travel interdistrict and interstate.

18. All sectors related to the food supply chain are allowed to operate as usual.

19. Only six people are allowed to perform congregational prayers at mosques. 

20. Only six people are allowed to be on duty at non-Muslim places of worship.

21. All recreational and cultural activities are not allowed.

22. Entertainment centres such as theme parks, night clubs, and movie cinemas are not allowed to operate.

23. Non-contact outdoor sports with not more than 10 people at a time are allowed.

24. Usage of swimming pools and other contact sports not allowed.

25. Sports with an audience and players from different states are not allowed.

26. All education institutions such as public and private universities, schools, kindergartens, and nurseries are not allowed to operate.

27. Students who are sitting for international tests are allowed to sit for exams.

28. Educational talks, meetings, conventions, and exhibitions are not allowed.

29. Social gatherings such as weddings and birthday parties are not allowed.

30. All tourism activities in and out of CMCO areas are not allowed.

NST has it on a chart..

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Joe Biden is the new President of the United States

Over here in Malaysia many of us were just as excited about the Elections in the US keeping abreast of news on vote counts and such.

Joe Biden is the new President making him the 46th President of the United States. Kamala Harris is his Vice-President.

Joe Biden addresses the nation after election victory

From MSN/Independent..

On Twitter he said, "America, I'm honoured that you have chosen me to lead our great country."The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans - whether you voted for me or not."I will keep the faith that you have placed in me."

And in a statement he said it was “time to heal.”

“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America,” he said. "With the campaign over, it's time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It's time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there's nothing we can't do, if we do it together."

Watch Kamala Harris' full victory speech

World leaders congratulate Joe Biden on his victory

Watch people across the world celebrate Joe Biden's win

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Covid-19 - What's happening around the world (some) and at home

Paris bans nightime food and drink delivery to tackle worsening COVID-19 crisis

Greece ordered a nationwide lockdown on Thursday for three weeks to help contain a resurgence of Covid-19 cases, its second this year after a sharp increase in infections this week. “I’ve chosen to take drastic measures sooner rather than later,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.

In Hong Kong, social-distancing restrictions ease..

100,000 cases in a single day push the U.S. into new terrain.

Italy will lock down six regions and prevent many people from crossing between them.

The Italian government announced Wednesday night that it would lock down a significant portion of the country, including the northern regions that are its economic engine, in an effort to stop a resurgent wave of coronavirus infections.

At home here in Malaysia, we are in the third phase, that's right, and sadly more and more clusters of infections are showing up every day and worse, for the past few days we've had deaths every day. 

Of all the states, Sabah on the island of Borneo is hardest hit immediately after state elections were held on September 26. Then infections increased here in the peninsula as people came back after the election campaigning and such. No quarantine was required when they touched down back at the peninsula. Horrors! Right. No one saw the impending danger. Now we are getting the brunt of that action or inaction, rather. Below is current status:

Here's some advice found online..

What food should you avoid during COVID-19?
• When cooking and preparing food, limit the amount of salt and high-sodium condiments (e.g. soy sauce and fish sauce).
• Limit your daily salt intake to less than 5 g (approximately 1 teaspoon), and use iodized salt.
• Avoid foods (e.g. snacks) that are high in salt and sugar.
• Limit your intake of soft drinks or sodas and other drinks that are high in sugar (e.g. fruit juices, fruit juice concentrates and syrups, flavoured milks and yogurt drinks).
• Choose fresh fruits instead of sweet snacks such as cookies, cakes and chocolate.

Are smokers at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus disease?
Smoking any kind of tobacco reduces lung capacity and increases the risk of many respiratory infections and can increase the severity of respiratory diseases.

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily attacks the lungs. Smoking impairs lung function making it harder for the body to fight off coronaviruses and other respiratory diseases. Available research suggests that smokers are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 outcomes and death.

How to eat healthy in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Consume enough fibre because it contributes to a healthy digestive system and offers a prolonged feeling of fullness, which helps prevent overeating.

To ensure an adequate fibre intake, aim to include vegetables, fruit, pulses and wholegrain foods in all meals. Whole grain foods include oats, brown pasta and rice, quinoa and whole-wheat bread and wraps, rather than refined grain foods such as white pasta and rice, and white bread.

Good hydration is crucial for optimal health. Whenever available and safe for consumption, tap water is the healthiest and cheapest drink. It is also the most sustainable, as it produces no waste, compared to bottled water.

Can I drink alcohol during the coronavirus disease pandemic?
In particular, alcohol compromises the body's immune system and increases the risk of adverse health outcomes. Therefore, people should minimize their alcohol consumption at any time, and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alcohol is a psychoactive substance that is associated with mental disorders; people at risk or who have an alcohol-use disorder, are particularly vulnerable, especially when in self-isolation.

How long should I exercise for in self-quarantine?
WHO recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week for adults, or a combination of both. The guidance is intended for people in self-quarantine without any symptoms or diagnosis of acute respiratory illness.

Just an idea of the Covid-19 spread worldwide. Details on individual countries can be obtained on Tracking the spread of Covid-19..

Stay safe, everyone..