KUALA LUMPUR: Another Malaysian minister has tested positive for COVID-19, the second in the Cabinet to be warded for the infectious disease in a span of three days.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun took the COVID-19 test on Sunday (Jan 10) morning and was admitted to Sungai Buloh Hospital at 11am on Monday, the ministry said in a statement.
"She apologised if this has caused any inconvenience or anxiety to all," the statement added.
On Saturday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy) Mustapa Mohamed tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Kota Bharu from Kuala Lumpur.
He has been warded at Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in Kota Bharu since 10.30pm on Saturday, his office said.
Mr Mustapa had earlier attended a Cabinet meeting on Jan 6, according to local media.
Two ministers who sat next to him are now in isolation as a precautionary measure, according to the Star.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday evening said the country will tighten COVID-19 restrictions from Wednesday, in a renewed effort to combat the country's alarming rise of COVID-19 cases.
Five states - comprising Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor and Sabah - and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan will be placed under movement control order (MCO) again, he said in a televised address.
Interstate travel is banned across the country, while travelling between districts is not allowed for the states under MCO.
Mr Muhyiddin also said another six states - Pahang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan - will be placed under a conditional MCO, while Perlis and Sarawak are under the recovery MCO.
He added that social activities such as wedding receptions, conferences, religious gatherings, seminars, courses and mass sports are not allowed.
Malaysia reported a total of 2,232 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and four deaths.
There are now more than 138,000 cases in Malaysia, with more than 550 deaths.