12 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Malaysia

12 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Malaysia

People wearing protective masks cross a street, following the outbreak of the coronavirus in Kuala
People wearing protective masks cross a street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Mar 3, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng)

PUTRAJAYA: Twelve new cases of COVID-19 infection were reported in Malaysia on Tuesday (Mar 10), bringing the country’s total to 129.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the positive cases include patients under investigation, close contacts and Malaysians and their non-citizen family members who were evacuated from China.

So far, 25 patients have fully recovered and have been discharged from hospital, including the 87th case.

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Earlier on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin visited the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC), where he was briefed on the current status of COVID-19 infections.

Also present during the visit was Chief Secretary to the Government, Zuki Ali, and representatives of other related agencies.

After the visit, the Prime Minister chaired a COVID-19 coordination meeting.

“The Malaysian government will continue to enhance existing capacity in various ministries and agencies as part of preparedness, in the event that the COVID-19 situation worsens.

“This includes increasing human resources, laboratory facilities, health clinics and hospitals required in the treatment of COVID-19 cases,” the statement said.

It added that the government was planning to make Hospital Sungai Buloh a specialist hospital for the treatment of COVID-19 cases, while the Health Ministry was collaborating with the private sector to address the coronavirus situation.

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Source: Bernama/ga(hm)

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