A total of 117 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported today with 80 of them from the cluster of the tabligh convention at the Sri Petaling Mosque. Dr Adham Baba
Minister of Health Datuk Seri Dr. Adham Baba at a news conference on the development of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 16 MARCH 2020

KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 117 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported today with 80 of them from the cluster of the tabligh convention at the Sri Petaling Mosque.

The latest statistics turned the tally of cumulative Covid-19 positive cases in Malaysia to 790 cases, said Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

According to him, 11 cases have recovered and allowed to discharge today, making the total cumulative case of fully recovered and discharged from Covid-19 to 60 cases.

He said, as of today, 15 Covid-19 positive cases are being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and needed respiratory aid.

Dr Adham said, all states including the Federal Territories in Malaysia have been gazetted as infection control area under the provision of Section 11 Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

Therefore, he said that the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the local Infected Areas) Regulations 2020 has been amended and gazetted today.

“The regulation explains about the matters that needed attention and action by the public in relation to the Movement Control Order to curb the spread of Covid-19,” he said in a statement.

Breaching the provisions of the regulations would be considered as an offence, upon conviction can be fined not more than RM1,000 or be imprisoned for a period of not more than six (6) months or both.

The regulations can be reached through the MOH website. The public may submit enquiries on the regulations to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) of the MOH through their land line at 03-8881 0200, 03-8881  0600,  03-  88810700 or email [email protected]

According to him, the visitors will not be allowed into the hospital wards unless for cases of emergency and dire needs during the Movement Control Order period.

Within this 14-day period, if needed, patients can only be accompanied by one person during medical appointments at the clinic for young patients or patients who require assistance and emergency cases.

He also advised the public to always practice high personal hygiene at all time, such as to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser frequently.

The public also needs to practice the proper cough etiquette at home and outside by covering their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze. They must also wash their hands immediately.

If they are unwell, they should contact the virtual health advisory or the CRPC hotline which operated from 8.00 am until 5.00 pm. The public can also obtain further information on the Covid-19 cases in Malaysia through the Telegram account of CRPC at https://t.me/cprckkm.

“The MOH will continue to monitor the development of the outbreak through all information obtained and will update the people from time to time,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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