The Black experience takes center stage at 2021 Grammy nominations



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With police brutality continuing to devastate Black families and the coronavirus ravishing Black America disproportionately, the world was driven to the significance of this year’s Juneteenth more than ever before.

And Beyoncé knew she wanted to release a song on that momentous day, so she dropped “Black Parade,” an anthemic jam where she proudly sings about her heritage, hometown, and returning to her African roots.

Months later, the song – and others focused on protesting, police brutality, and the overall Black experience – are taking center stage at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

Beyoncé’s “Black Parade” scored nominations for two of the top awards: song of the year and record of the year. The track will also compete for best RB song and best RB performance.

“There could have been a different approach as far as releasing the record and capitalizing off of timings of other things, but we really wanted to get it out during a time where we could all remember the feeling and the energy,” Derek Dixie, a longtime collaborator of Beyoncé’s who co-wrote the song with the pop star, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“It’s not always about the money and about catching streaming numbers and things like that. Sometimes it’s just about what it is – which was making our people proud.”

“Black Parade” helped Beyoncé land nine nominations, making her the overall top Grammy contender. Mr. Dixie earned three Grammy nominations for co-writing and co-producing the song.

For song of the year, “Black Parade” will compete with H.E.R.’s “I Can’t Breathe,” the RB singer’s track about police brutality.

Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture,” a protest song he created in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, scored nominations for best rap song and best rap performance. Proceeds from the song will support the Black Lives Matter movement, Breonna Taylor’s attorney, The Bail Project, and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Anderson.Paak also released a song on Juneteenth – the holiday that commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free – and it’s competing for two awards. “Lockdown” is nominated for best rap performance and best music video.

Country singer Mickey Guyton wrote the track “Black Like Me” a year ago but released it this year because she felt it was extremely relevant. Now, it’s nominated for best country solo performance, giving the performer her first-ever Grammy nomination.

“It’s been so hard in the country music community, and trying to get country music to even support my music – and for me to get a Grammy [nomination], it just goes to show that writing your truth is just the way to go,” Ms. Guyton told the AP on Tuesday. “And not only writing your truth, but really bringing your brothers and sisters up with you.”

But Ms. Guyton admits that everyone’s response to her song wasn’t warm. It features the lyrics, “If you think we live in the land of the free/You should try to be Black like me.”

“I released it and I did get people that were very angry. There were even radio stations that people were like, ‘Get this [expletive] off of my radio station,’” she said. “I would get people writing me messages like, ‘Well, if you don’t like it here then leave.’ And I’m like, ‘Well, it’s just as much my country as it is yours.’”

Ms. Guyton added that some “radio stations were scared to play [‘Black Like Me’] because they were [angering] their listeners, because their listeners didn’t want to hear that.”

Apart from “Black Parade,” Beyoncé also earned nominations for her film honoring Black art and Black history, “Black Is King,” as well as her ode to dark- and brown-skinned women, “Brown Skin Girl.”

Mr. Dixie, who has worked as Beyoncé’s music director and has produced, engineered, and arranged songs for the singer, said he’s grateful he’s working with an artist who boldly speaks about Black pride in her music.

“It’s just good to see that she’s willing to put that type of energy out and not necessarily be thinking about: ‘What’s going to guarantee me a No. 1? What’s going to guarantee me this?’ It’s a part of our conversation, it’s a part of the process, but when it’s necessary to put that art out there, to put that energy out there, she’s usually … leading the pack in that regard,” Mr. Dixie said. “So I’m grateful to be associated with her on that path.”

Ms. Guyton added that it’s comforting to see some many Black musicians reflect the current times in their music, and she’s grateful to the Grammys for acknowledging those kinds of songs.

“It’s so important because so often Black people, and Black women especially, are getting overlooked. … And you’re constantly just trying to get people to remember that you’re there,” she said. “It feels like we’re seen, and I don’t think we’ve always felt seen.”

“I use this scenario of going into any grocery store – if you go to any grocery store … and you look for hair products for someone who is ethnic and … you see an entire aisle full of every and any hair product you can possibly think for someone that is not Black. But whenever it comes to finding hair products for a Black person, we’re designated a shelf. And today, it doesn’t feel like we’re designated a shelf.”

The 2021 Grammy Awards will air live on Jan. 31.

This story was reported by The Associated Press.



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Mask rules set to relax as Victoria moves to last stage of easing, NSW to open to Victorians tomorrow


Meanwhile, the number of new coronavirus infections in France rose by 17,881 on Saturday, lower than the 22,882 reported on Friday.

The French health ministry also reported 276 new deaths from the virus in hospitals over 24 hours, against 386 on Friday.

Total deaths in France from the virus now stand at 48,518, of which 33,231 were in hospitals.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 dropped for the fifth day in a row and was down at 31,365.

The number of patients in intensive care units also dropped for the fifth consecutive day and was down at 4,493.

On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron will give a speech to the nation about the virus situation and may announce a partial relaxation of nationwide lockdown rules which have been in place since Oct. 30.

The retail industry hopes to be able to reopen shops selling “non-essential” goods such as clothes, shoes and toys.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday he hoped this could happen “within a few days”.



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Mask rules set to relax as Victoria moves to last stage of easing, NSW to open to Victorians tomorrow


Meanwhile, the number of new coronavirus infections in France rose by 17,881 on Saturday, lower than the 22,882 reported on Friday.

The French health ministry also reported 276 new deaths from the virus in hospitals over 24 hours, against 386 on Friday.

Total deaths in France from the virus now stand at 48,518, of which 33,231 were in hospitals.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 dropped for the fifth day in a row and was down at 31,365.

The number of patients in intensive care units also dropped for the fifth consecutive day and was down at 4,493.

On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron will give a speech to the nation about the virus situation and may announce a partial relaxation of nationwide lockdown rules which have been in place since Oct. 30.

The retail industry hopes to be able to reopen shops selling “non-essential” goods such as clothes, shoes and toys.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday he hoped this could happen “within a few days”.



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ATP Finals 2020: Caroline Whitaker falls off stage video


Kudos to Caroline Whitaker for sharing a moment that wasn’t broadcast live, because her tumble at the ATP Finals needed to be seen by the world.

The sports presenter was doing a trial run of her introduction of a blockbuster slate of semi-final matches on Sunday morning featuring the top four ranked men’s players in the world.

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The clip Whitaker shared showed her talking about some of the memorable last four matches that have been witnessed at the season-ending tournament, which is being held in London for the 12th and final time this year before moving to Turin in Italy from 2021-25.

“Today we’ll see the world’s best, the top f …” she said, before rolling an ankle and crashing to the ground.

“Yes I’m OK by way,” she tweeted, after posting the vision. “And no we weren’t live.”

Tennis fans were treated again once the action began on court as Dominic Thiem recovered from squandering four match points in a dramatic second-set tie-break to beat Novak Djokovic in three pulsating sets.

The Austrian third seed’s 7-5 6-7 (10/12) 7-6 (7/5) win ended Djokovic’s hopes of equalling Roger Federer’s record of six titles at the elite eight-man event.

The US Open champion will face either Rafael Nadal or Daniil Medvedev in Monday’s final as he chases the second-biggest title of his career.

The 2019 runner-up, who forced the only break in the first set, faced an uphill battle psychologically after his missed chances in the second-set tie-break.

But he was quickly back in the groove and held his nerve to rally from 4-0 down in the final-set tie-break, winning six successive points to earn two match points and taking the second of those.

“It was for sure a mental battle,” said Thiem. “I got so tight in the second-set tie-break, first of all because to play these legends is always going to be something special.

“And then playing for a final here at the ATP Finals is also something very special. I thought after my first big title in New York maybe I’m going to be a little bit more calm but that was a mistake I guess.

“I was just as tight and nervous as before and it was so much on the edge, the match … I’m incredibly happy to be through.”

Thiem took time to settle at the start of the match, hitting a number of unforced errors, but found his rhythm and his single-handed backhand became an important weapon as the match wore on.

But he looked down and out at 4-0 down in the final-set tie-break before rallying impressively, winning six points in a row before converting his sixth match point with a powerful forehand approach shot.

Thiem is only the second player in 2020 to win a tie-break against Djokovic, who entered the third-set decider with a 15-1 tie-break record this season.

The Austrian has lifted himself into the top echelon of the men’s game, reaching the Australian Open final this year, where he lost to Djokovic, before his triumph at Flushing Meadows in September.

Second-seed Nadal, seeking his first title at the ATP Finals, plays world number four Medvedev in Sunday’s evening match.

– with AFP



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Rebekah Vardy wins first stage of ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel case against Coleen Rooney | UK News


A High Court judge has ruled in favour of Rebekah Vardy in the first stage of her libel case against Coleen Rooney.

Mrs Rooney had accused Mrs Vardy of leaking stories about her to the media in October last year.

On Friday, Mr Justice Warby agreed that a post written by Mrs Rooney directed guilt at Mrs Vardy, rather than at her social media account.

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Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy have one last chance to resolve their issue before taking it to a full trial

A High Court judge has agreed that Coleen Rooney’s post accusing Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories meant that she “regularly and frequently abused her status as a trusted follower of Ms Rooney’s personal Instagram account”.

Mr Justice Warby said his understanding of the post’s wording was “substantially the same” as Vardy’s argued meaning, which directed guilt at Mrs Vardy specifically, rather than at her social media account.

Hugh Tomlinson QC, representing Vardy, told the court he would be seeking costs of £22,913.50 from Rooney.

The court also heard that both Vardy and Rooney will have “one final attempt to resolve the matter without the need for a full trial”.

Rooney’s spokesman released a statement after the ruling, saying: “After three years of stress and anxiety about the leaks from her private social media account, Coleen is keen to see progress made on the real issues, beginning with what Rebekah has to tell the court.”

At the first hearing of their high-profile legal battle on Thursday, Mr Justice Warby was asked to determine the “natural and ordinary” meaning of Rooney’s posts.

Mrs Vardy is not attending the hearing
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Vardy’s representation are seeking costs of more than £22,000 from Mrs Rooney

Vardy’s lawyers argued the meaning of Rooney’s posts was that she had “consistently and repeatedly betrayed the defendant’s trust over several years by leaking the defendant’s private and personal Instagram posts and stories for publication in The Sun”.

But Rooney’s legal team say the posts mean “there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the claimant was responsible for consistently passing on information about the defendant’s private Instagram posts and stories to The Sun newspaper”.

Vardy’s barrister said: “The fact that both women are married to professional footballers has led to this action being trivialised in some media coverage as ‘Wag wars’, but the impact on Mrs Vardy was not trivial.”

He told the court Rooney’s posts were an “untrue and unjustified defamatory attack” which was “published and republished to millions of people”.

Rebekah Vardy arrives for a training session at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham as she prepares to take part in Dancing On Ice 2021, as the first High Court hearing in Ms Vardy's high-profile libel battle against Coleen Rooney is taking place in London.
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Vardy’s lawyers said she ‘suffered extreme distress, hurt, anxiety and embarrassment’ after the post was published

Rooney wrote: “For a few years now someone who I trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been consistently informing The Sun newspaper of my private posts and stories.”

She added that she blocked everyone apart from an Instagram page belonging to Vardy from seeing her Instagram stories, and then “posted a series of false stories to see if they made their way into The Sun” over the space of five months.

Rooney dramatically added: “I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them.

“It’s ……………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.”

In her written claim previously filed with the court, Vardy said she had worried she would lose her baby because of the stress as she was pregnant at the time.

She also “suffered extreme distress, hurt, anxiety and embarrassment as a result of the publication of the post and the events which followed”, her lawyers allege.



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Wasteful Sydney FC punished yet again on Asian stage in 2-1 defeat to Shanghai SIPG


Li then pounced again 11 minutes from time to put Shanghai ahead and drive a dagger through the heart of Sydney, whose winless run in Asia under coach Steve Corica has now stretched to 10 games.

This one will sting perhaps more than any other because the contest should have been put to bed early.

Steve Corica’s search for a maiden win in the AFC Champions League continues.Credit:Getty

“We didn’t take our chances,” Corica said.

“Maybe we should be winning 3-0 at half-time and then the game is finished. It’s not always the case – you don’t take your chances, you can always get in trouble, and that’s what happened in the second half. They only had two chances and they scored both goals. It was a disappointing end to the game.”

The pace of Olyroo Buhagiar up front – filling the vacancy up front left by the departed Adam Le Fondre – exposed a number of early openings for Sydney as they resumed their ACL campaign with palpable urgency at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.

Five minutes in, Buhagiar teed up Barbarouses as the Sky Blues surged on a rapid counter-attack, but the Kiwi international blew an easy header.

Sydney FC's substitutes sit in the stands, socially distanced, at Doha's Khalifa International Stadium.

Sydney FC’s substitutes sit in the stands, socially distanced, at Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium.Credit:Getty

The duo combined again two minutes later, with Barbarouses turning provider and Buhagiar this time converting the cross to put them deservedly in front.

Ben Warland, deputising for COVID-stricken defender Ryan McGowan, then hit the post with a header from a corner kick in the 14th minute, letting Shanghai off the hook yet again.

Barbarouses had another golden opportunity early in the second half when Grant played him in with a cutback, only for the Kiwi international to once more undercook his finish.

A team like Shanghai SIPG, even without ex-Premier League stars Oscar and Marko Arnautovic, was always going to punish that degree of profligacy, and so it proved.

Sydney, too, were missing a host of key players; six members of the starting team that won August’s A-League grand final were either injured, suspended, otherwise absent or have departed the club.

That meant a debut senior appearance for 19-year-old midfielder Calem Nieuwenhof, while the inexperienced Heward-Belle started in goal with Andrew Redmayne back in Sydney, but Corica’s remodelled selection acquitted themselves well.

Heward-Belle, however, never looked comfortable and saw red in the first minute of injury time for a handball well outside the box, after rushing out to suffocate another SIPG raid and badly misjudging the situation.

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Despite the undermanned squad, the Sky Blues will look back on this match as yet another that has somehow gotten away from them in the ACL despite getting most things right.

Heward-Belle is now automatically suspended for Sydney’s next match, meaning either Adam Pavlesic or Levi Kaye – both untried players – will have to play in goal when they face Korean champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Wednesday.

With only one point to show from their first three games in Group H, and their next three to be played within the space of just eight days, Sydney are facing an almost impossible task to reach the knockout stage – but they really only have themselves to blame.

“It was always a tough group and I thought we had to get three points tonight to move forward,” Corica said. “It’s still possible. We’ll hopefully learn our lesson. We have to start winning games, simple as that. Draws aren’t enough for us at the moment.”

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Wasteful Sydney FC punished yet again on Asian stage in 2-1 defeat to Shanghai SIPG


Li then pounced again 11 minutes from time to put Shanghai ahead and drive a dagger through the heart of Sydney, whose winless run in Asia under coach Steve Corica has now stretched to 10 games.

This one will sting more than perhaps any other because the contest should have been put to bed early.

Steve Corica’s search for a maiden win in the AFC Champions League continues.Credit:Getty

The pace of Olyroo Buhagiar up front – filling the vacancy up front left by the departed Adam Le Fondre – exposed a number of early openings for Sydney as they resumed their ACL campaign with palpable urgency at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.

Five minutes in, Buhagiar teed up Barbarouses as the Sky Blues surged on a rapid counter-attack, but the Kiwi international blew an easy header.

The duo combined again two minutes later, with Barbarouses turning provider and Buhagiar this time converting the cross to put them deservedly in front.

Ben Warland, deputising for COVID-stricken defender Ryan McGowan, then hit the post with a header from a corner kick in the 14th minute, letting Shanghai off the hook yet again.

Sydney FC's substitutes sit in the stands, socially distanced, at Doha's Khalifa International Stadium.

Sydney FC’s substitutes sit in the stands, socially distanced, at Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium.Credit:Getty

Barbarouses had another golden opportunity early in the second half when Grant played him in with a cutback, only for the Kiwi international to once more undercook his finish.

A team like Shanghai SIPG, even without ex-Premier League stars Oscar and Marko Arnautović, was always going to punish that degree of profligacy, and so it proved.

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Sydney, too, were missing a host of key players; six members of the starting team that won August’s A-League grand final were either injured, suspended, otherwise absent or have departed the club.

That meant a debut senior appearance for 19-year-old midfielder Calem Nieuwenhof, while the inexperienced Heward-Belle started in goal with Andrew Redmayne back in Sydney, but Corica’s remodelled selection acquitted themselves well.

Heward-Belle, however, never looked comfortable and saw red in the first minute of injury time for a handball well outside the box, after rushing out to suffocate another SIPG raid and badly misjudging the situation.

Despite the undermanned squad, the Sky Blues will look back on this match as yet another in the ACL that has somehow gotten away from them despite getting most things right.

Heward-Belle is now automatically suspended for Sydney’s next match, meaning either Adam Pavlesic or Levi Kaye – both untried players – will have to play in goal when they face Korean champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Wednesday.

With only one point to show from their first three games in Group H, and their next three to be played within the space of just eight days, Sydney are facing an almost impossible task to reach the knockout stage – but they really only have themselves to blame.

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Helsinki and Uusimaa still close to spreading stage of coronavirus epidemic


THE HOSPITAL DISTRICT of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) has been close to the spreading stage of the coronavirus epidemic for quite some time, Kirsi Varhila, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, stated on YLE Radio 1 on Wednesday.

Varhila estimated that the hospital district must step up its measures to keep the epidemiological situation under control.

The situation, she highlighted, is critical especially in light of the large population of Uusimaa, which at 1.7 million accounts for over 30 per cent of the population of Finland.

“The coronavirus incidence has clearly been on the rise in recent weeks. The regional coronavirus coordination group will have to consider new measures to mitigate the situation in its meeting this week. I don’t think there’s any other option but to step up the measures,” analysed Varhila.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health uses criteria such as the incidence of cases, the share of positive tests, the traceability of cases and the burden on health care systems to determine whether a region is in the base, acceleration or spreading stage of the epidemic.

Varhila on Wednesday also confirmed that the government is looking to uphold internal border controls beyond Monday, 23 November.

“In European comparison, the disease situation is good in Finland. And we want to keep it good. We’ll try to make sure the justification from a health security perspective are such that they allow us to uphold the restrictions,” she commented to the public broadcasting company.

The Finnish government, she also revealed, will not make any decisions on vaccines until the turn of the year or early next year, as the vaccine will need to secure a sales permit before it is time for national decision-making.

“Only then can we decide whom to distribute [the vaccine] and in what kind of doses,” she reminded.

She added that it remains premature to speculate on the impact the possible vaccine could have on the instructions, recommendations and restrictions introduced due to the epidemic, as herd immunity cannot be achieved overnight. Officials, she said, will monitor the situation and the efficacy of the vaccine in the population before amending what have proven effective instructions.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT



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Nathan Cleary determined to rebound after another loss on the big stage


“I mean, 2020 as a whole has been a roller coaster, really. I’ve ridden the highs and lows. I’ve lost some pretty big games in the last month. But I’ll use that as fuel next year to get better and try to improve,” Cleary said.

“Any loss is hard to take, especially in a decider. You’ve got to take a lot out of that and learn from it as well.”

Cleary didn’t have the picnic he had at ANZ Stadium, when he was given all the time in the world by Queensland and he duly booted them into oblivion. He didn’t kick badly by any means on Wednesday – a 40-20 helped turn around some momentum and a mini-bomb saw James Tedesco score the first NSW try – but he couldn’t dominate by any means.

“They were on me tonight, sending three or four guys out and they did their job well. That’s just something you have to live with.”

NSW had a major reshuffle when Tedesco left the field after 20 minutes, then again when Cody Walker was knocked out with five minutes to play.

Cleary liked what he saw from makeshift centre Isaah Yeo, who hadn’t played in the position for at least two years, but admitted they didn’t adjust as well as they needed to when the curveball was thrown, even with a ready-made fullback like Clint Gutherson covering Tedesco’s absence.

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“It’s always pretty hard losing two people from your spine, especially two absolute freaks like that. We ended up two backrowers playing in the centres. Out of that we can be proud that we were in it until the end. But we probably could have dealt with it a little bit better.

“He (Yeo) played some early on but in the last two years, I don’t think he played any at all. He saved a few tries, he was dangerous with the ball. He’s had an unbelievable year.”

Cleary is still only 23 and should be a part of the NSW set-up for the long-term. With Queensland blooding some 14 rookies this series and with guns like David Fifita, AJ Brimson and Kalyn Ponga still to return, the rivalry has been renewed once more.

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Malaysia in final stage of talks with COVID-19 vaccine producers, aims to roll out immunisations by Q1


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is in the final stage of discussions with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers and hopes to obtain and put into use a vaccine by the first quarter of next year, officials said on Monday (Nov 16).

Malaysia is in talks with 10 COVID-19 vaccine producers that are in Phase 3 trials, said Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin on Monday. Eight of those discussions were made through the government and two via the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX), he said.

Some of the discussions are in their final stages, and an official announcement will be made when things are finalised, said Mr Khairy.

“The discussion covers aspects of cooperation in various stages of vaccine development such as R&D, exchange of scientists, fill and finish development (transfer of technology, logistics, cold chain), including the purchase of vaccines (finished products) as a guarantee of access to vaccine supply for the country,” Mr Khairy said.

There are 11 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the third phase of clinical trials as of Nov 13, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Through Malaysia’s participation in COVAX, the country will be able to access enough COVID-19 vaccine for 10 per cent of its population, said Mr Khairy. The government is working to get another 60 per cent in order to meet the national target for herd immunity, he added.

The government is also working to get vaccine access as early as the first or second quarter of next year, depending on approvals from the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), said Mr Khairy.

Malaysia reported 1,103 new coronavirus cases on Monday, raising its total number of infections to 48,520.

The health ministry also recorded four new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities due to COVID-19 to 313.

Malaysia’s Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access (JKJAV) has said it will prioritise immunisations into three groups. The first group will include frontliners such as health ministry employees, the police, Malaysian Armed Forces and Immigration Department.

The second group consists of high-risk individuals, such as those with co-morbid medical conditions and seniors citizens, while the third involves other adult population.

Details on the groups being ironed out, with announcements expected to be made during the first quarter of next year.

READ: Malaysia extends movement curbs amid record 1,240 new COVID-19 cases

MALAYSIA’S COVID-19 RECOVERY RATE AT 73%

Separately, Health Minister Dr Adham Baba also said on Monday that Malaysia aims to roll out COVID-19 immunisations by the first quarter of next year.

“As we have been informed, the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech has been claimed to be 90 per cent effective. This is a good and healthy development,” said Dr Adham.

He added that Malaysia has confidence in companies such as Gamaleya Research Institute whose vaccines are undergoing their third phase of clinical trials in providing vaccines to the country, but discussions remain inconclusive on vaccines from China.

“The procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for our country will depend on careful considerations with regard to the quality, safety, implications and registration of these vaccines by the producing countries,” he said during a radio programme on Monday.

READ: IN FOCUS – How COVID-19 has disrupted the close links between Singapore and Johor

He also said that chances of reinfection in patients who have recovered from COVID-19 are low compared to those who have never been infected, said Dr Adham. 

The recovery rate has since risen to 73 per cent, compared to 65 per cent two weeks ago – this proves that treatment protocols and regime implemented at the hospitals and health centres in Malaysia are in line with public health safety, he added.

The increase in COVID-19 cases in some states, federal territories and Klang Valley are linked to workplace and construction site clusters where infectivity rates are high, due to human traffic and a lack of adherence to standard operating procedures.

“The rise in cases in Kuala Lumpur shows that we need to tighten actions, compliance, enforcement and monitoring. We have to continue with the preventive and control measures, adhere to the SOP and adapt to the new norms,” said Dr Adham.

“This is the responsibility of all. With regard to the workplace clusters, it is very important for employers and workers to be responsible. Employers have a vital role of ensuring that their staff or workers are always protected.”

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