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Malaysia has been more prepared and proactive, and has also acted faster in containing the novel coronavirus compared to previous times when faced with dangerous infections such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), the Nipah virus and Ebola.
The government’s decision yesterday to temporary suspend all immigration facilities to Chinese nationals from Wuhan and Hubei does not affect a huge number of tourists from China.
Although the new 2019-nCoV virus is only proven to spread through human, the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (MoA) took the preventive measures to examine certain items randomly at all entries of the country.
A father made a plea to the government of Malaysia to help bring his daughter, Nurul Atikah Adanan, who is studying at the Shandong University in China, home.
The Chinese embassy in Paris has tracked down a woman from Wuhan who said she took tablets to pass airport health checks.
The number of people killed in China by the new coronavirus has risen to 81, with almost 3,000 confirmed ill.
The government of Malaysia has temporary suspended the entry of Chinese nationals from Wuhan, Hubei and its surrounding area following the coronavirus outbreak.