PUTRAJAYA: The COVID-19 Fund launched by the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on March 10 has collected RM40, 298,699.49 till May 7 and has benefitted the people who have been affected by the pandemic.
Security Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the fund has allocated RM100 per day for 14 days quarantine to the people with positive COVID-19 and undergoing treatment or close contact who are under the Monitoring Order and Observation for COVID-19 Contact.
From these two groups Ismail said, the qualified applicants are Malaysians who have lost their source of income or their salaries not paid throughout the Monitoring Order and Observation and directed to be quarantined for 14 days by the Ministry of Health.
Ismail said the second group is termed as those working but lost their source of income or salary not paid throughout undergoing treatment at the hospital wards for positive COVID-19.
“The Special Assistance for Lost of Income has benefitted 94 individuals involving RM125, 700 while the Compassionate Death Assistance of RM5, 000 has been given out to the heirs of COVID-19 victims who had died.
“The Compassionate Death Assistance has been given out to 71 heirs involving the sum of RM355, 000,” he said in his daily press conference here today (May 9).
According to Ismail, RM25, 229,105.44 has also been given to the Ministry of Women’s Development, Family and Community through the National Welfare Foundation to help the people in need.
Regarding students returning to their home towns, Ismail said, as of May 8, the Ministry of Higher Education has sent home 38,653 students.
Meanwhile today 3,824 students from both the public and private institutes of higher education will be going back to their families either in the Peninsular or Sabah and Sarawak.
On the interstate travel, Ismail said, the Royal Police of Malaysia (RPM) have granted 76,537 permits via Gerak Malaysia apps and 2,220 permits through the police manual forms for those stranded in Perak, Johor and Kelantan to go back to their houses in other states.
Ismail also mentioned the police have conducted 121 road blocks to monitor the interstate travel.
Ismail also mentioned that 30,622 Malaysians have returned from overseas and have undergone compulsory quarantine since April 3. However since April 17, 22,107 individuals have completed their quarantine processes and returned home. –Malaysia World News