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COVID-19 virus in Malaysia: Here’s everything you need to know—updated daily

COVID-19 virus in Malaysia: Here’s everything you need to know—updated daily

Also known as the coronavirus

Text: Rachel Au


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The COVID-19 virus is now in Malaysia. We'll be updating the latest on everything you need to know, and all your questions answered

Countries Confirmed cases Reported deaths
United States 311,301 8,476
Spain 124,736 11,744
Italy 124,632 15,362
Germany 91,159 1,275
France 82,165 7,560
China 81,669 3,329
Iran 55,743 3,452
United Kingdom 41,903 4,313
Turkey 23,934 501
Switzerland 20,278 573
Belgium 18,431 1,283
South Korea 10,237 183
Australia 5,635 34
Japan 3,506 77
Indonesia 2,092 191
Philippines
3,094 144
Thailand 2,169 23
Vietnam 240 0
Singapore 1,189 6
Malaysia 3,662 61
For the full list, head over here.
TOTAL 1,187,699 64,220
Total recovered: 245,855
Last updated: 5 April 2020, 5:03pm

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STATS IN MALAYSIA
CASES: 3,662
DEATHS: 61
RECOVERED: 1,005
Last updated on 5 April 2020 at 5:04pm

 

UPDATE: 5 April 2020, 5:10pm

  • 179 new cases today, bringing the total COVID-19 cases in Malaysia to 3,662
  • 99 of them are in ICU, with 48 of them needing ventilators
  • 4 new deaths, increasing the death toll to 61
  • The 58th death: Case 2,210 was a 72-year-old man who had diabetes and high blood pressure. He had close contact with Case 1,031
  • The 59th death: Case 3,484 was a 68-year-old man who had diabetes and was treated at Hospital Kuala Lumpur
  • The 60th death: Case 3,073 was a 53-year-old man who was treated at Hospital Umum Sarawak
  • The 61st death: Case 2,200 was a 66-year-old man who had diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease
  • The good news is that 90 patients have recovered, bringing the total discharged to 1,005
  • To date, 51,937 people have been tested. 39,877 of them have tested negative while 8,398 people are still waiting for the results

 

UPDATE: 4 April 2020, 5:07pm

  • 88 patients have been discharged today, increasing the total recovered to 915
  • 150 new cases were reported today. The total COVID-19 cases in Malaysia is now at 3,483
  • 99 of them are in ICU with 50 of them needing ventilators
  • There have also been four new deaths, increasing the total deaths in the country to 57

 

 

  • In other news, 90 quarantine centres across Malaysia have been opened, with a capacity of 40,000

 

UPDATE: 3 April 2020, 5:24pm

  • 60 patients have been discharged today, increasing the total recovered cases to 827
  • 217 new cases were reported today. The total COVID-19 cases in Malaysia is now at 3,333
  • 108 of them are in ICU with 54 of them needing ventilators
  • There have also been 3 new deaths. The death toll is now at 53
  • The 51st death: Case 2,561 was an 84-year-old woman who had a heart disease and was treated at Hospital Sungai Buloh
  • The 52nd death: Case 2,122 was a 52-year-old man who was treated at Hospital Tuanku Ja'aafar, Negeri Sembilan
  • The 53rd death: Case 2,034 was a 73-year-old woman who had diabetes, high blood pressure, as well as both heart and kidney disease
  • In other news, "Ramadan bazaars will not be allowed while the movement control order (MCO) is in force, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob."
  • The public may now withdraw from any ATM machines using MEPS, as the government will be exempting the RM1 cash withdrawal charge beginning April 6 till the end of the MCO. Hence, Malaysians will be able to withdraw from any ATM that is near them and thus, preventing banks from being too crowded
  • The government's 10km-radius travel rule is not mandatory as it depends on your needs—"those seeking medical treatment in hospitals or treatment facilities further than the stipulated 10km radius, as well as for those who need to buy items which are not found in their area." The police are allowed to use their discretion for different cases
  • Over in Singapore, schools and most workplaces, except for essential services and key economic sectors, will be closed for a month, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the country sees increasing numbers of the virus infection

 

 

UPDATE: 2 April 2020, 5:20pm

  • The total number of recovered patients in a day continues to rise as 122 people were discharged today, bringing the tally up to 767, to date
  • Meanwhile, 208 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported today, bringing Malaysia's total to 3,116 cases
  • 105 of the infected are in ICU with 54 of them needing ventilators
  • Five more deaths were reported today, increasing the death toll to 50. More details can be found below:

  • In other news, the loss of the sense of smell and taste might be an indication of a COVID-19 infection. A group of scientists from the UK and the US discovered that about 60 per cent of those who tested positive showed such symptoms, tweeted BFM News
  • The number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia is expected to peak in April though "there are signs of a flattening of the infection curve, the World Health Organisation said", according to The Malay Mail. "Based on available data, the WHO Country Office has projected that Malaysia will see a peak in hospitalised cases in mid-April," Ying-Ru Lo, the WHO's head of mission and representative to Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore told Reuters in emailed comments. However, there are initial signs of flattening of the curve but this could change should people not continue to take preventive measures

 

UPDATE: 1 April 2020, 5:18pm

  • Today marks the highest number of people discharged in a day—a whopping 108 patients! The today recovered now stands at 645 people
  • On the other hand, 142 new cases were reported today, increasing the total COVID-19 cases in Malaysia to 2,908
  • 102 cases are now in ICU, with 66 of them needing ventilators
  • There have also been two new deaths, bringing the total deaths in the country to 45 cases
  • The 44th death: Case 193rd was an 80-year-old Malaysian woman who had diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease
  • The 45th death: Case 1,053rd was a 62-year-old Malaysian man who had diabetes and high blood pressure. He also had close contact with Case 486th. He was treated at Hospital Kuala Lumpur
  • Also, "Ramadan bazaars throughout Selangor will be cancelled until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari today," as reported by The Malay Mail
  • EPF members may start applying for the i-Lestari Account 2 Withdrawal Scheme via i-Akaun (Member). However, as all EPF branches will remain close in light of MCO, members will have to apply online or email. Members will have till April 30 to submit their applications. More info here

 

UPDATE: 31 March 2020, 5:40pm

  • 58 patients have been discharged, bringing the total recovered to 537
  • Meanwhile, 140 new cases have been reported today, increasing the total COVID-19 cases in Malaysia to 2,766
  • 94 of them are in ICU, including 60 patients who need the assistance of ventilators
  • Unfortunately, six new deaths have been reported. The death toll now stands at 43
  • The 38th death: Case 2,269th was a 48-year-old Malaysian who had high blood pressure and was believed to have contracted the virus from close contact with Case 2,750. She was treated at HTJ Seremban on 25 March
  • The 39th death: Case 2,626th was a 69-year-old man who had diabetes and high blood pressure. He also recently travelled to Arab Saudi. Sadly, he passed away at home on 27 March and his body was then taken to Hospital Kuala Lumpur
  • The 40th death: Case 2,627th was a 69-year-old man who had diabetes and high blood pressure. He was treated at Hospital Enche' Besar Hajjah Khalsom, Johor
  • The 41st death: Case 1,275th was a 40-year-old Indonesian man who was treated at Hospital Umum Sarawak on 20 March
  • The 42nd death: Case 2,628th was an 81-year-old Malaysian man who also had a case of heart disease. He was treated at Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya on 27 March
  • The 43rd death: Case 2,629th was a 73-year-old Malaysian man who had both diabetes and heart disease. He was treated at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang on 29 March
  • Beginning 3 April, all Malaysians who return from overseas will have to be brought straight to the quarantine centres from the airport for a 14-day quarantine
  • So far, 4,374 Malaysians are stuck in 56 countries due to the global travel restrictions, as revealed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Most of them are in India—a total of 2,156 Malaysians but most are expected to be brought back via specially chartered flights
  • In addition, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced the "one person per car" ruling to take effect in the second phase of the MCO

 

UPDATE: 30 March 2020, 8:11pm

  • Menara City One in Kuala Lumpur has been placed under lockdown after 17 people from there have tested positive for COVID-19. According to MalaysiaKini, this means "3,200 residents in 502 residential units and 49 shops at the condominium" are not allowed to leave the building till April 13. Food can be ordered online and delivered to the lobby, and businesses selling essential goods in the complex may continue to do so. A medical base will also be set up there while a COVID-19 screening will be done unit-to-unit
  • The Health Ministry has just reported that 91 patients have recovered, bringing the total discharged to 479 people. The good news is that this is the highest number of recoveries in a day
  • The update on the total COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, however, is now at 2,626, after 156 new cases were reported today
  • 94 of them are in ICU with 62 of them requiring ventilators
  • Sadly, the death toll is now at 37
  • The 37th death: Case 2,471st was a 46-year-old Malaysian woman who had autoimmune disesase as well as high blood pressure
  • The 36th death: Case 1,941st was a 47-year-old local man who was treated at Hospital Umum Sarawak
  • The 35th death involved a 57-year-old Malaysian woman who had travel history to Indonesia. She developed symtoms within five days before she was admitted to Hospital Putrajaya and then Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Hospital Sungai Buloh
  • Meanwhile, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that there will be stricter measures in the second phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO). According to The Malay Mail, "eateries, markets, and petrol stations will only be allowed to operate from 8am to 8pm daily for the entire 14 days of the MCO's second phase." There will also be an increase of roadblocks and "checking on the movement of people". In addition, he said, "Those who are autistic and disabled would be allowed to receive the therapy they need as advised by health experts, but we will not allow it to be in a group as previously mentioned." The second phase of the MCO refers to 1-14 April 2020
  • The Health Ministry has also released a list of red zone areas and recommend the people living in these parts to especially adhere to the Movement Control Order and practise social distancing:

 

 

 

UPDATE: 29 March 2020, 5:25pm

  • 68 people have recovered, bringing the total discharged to 388 patients—the highest reported in a day, so far
  • Today, 152 new cases were reported and the total now stands at 2,470
  • 73 patients are in ICU, including 52 of them who require ventilators
  • Sadly, there have been seven more deaths. The death toll is now at 34 people
  • The 28th death: Case 2,321st was a 91-year-old woman who had a medical history of diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease. She was being treated at PPUM on 26 March
  • The 29th death: Case 2,123rd was a 64-year-old woman with a diabetes and high blood pressure. She was treated at Hospital Tuanku Ja'afar, Negeri Sembilan
  • The 30th death: Case 2,322nd was a 76-year-old man who had diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney problems. He was treated at PPUM
  • The 31st death: Case 2,323rd was a 27-year-old man who had diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease. He was treated at PPUM
  • The 32nd death: Case 1,239th was a 50-year-old man who had high blood pressure and was an attendee of the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering. He was treated at Hospital Enche' Besar Hjh Kalson, Johor
  • The 33rd death: Case 1,249th was a 37-year-old man who had travelled to India recently. He was treated at Hospital Permai, Johor
  • The 34th death: Case 787th was a 77-year-old man who had high blood pressure. He was treated at Hospital Kuala Lumpur on 18 March

 

 

UPDATE: 28 March 2020, 5:35pm

  • The good news is that 61 people have been cured, increasing the total discharged to 320 patients
  • On the other hand, 159 new cases were reported today, bringing the total cases to 2,320
  • 73 people are in ICU while 54 of them require the assistance of ventilators
  • Unfortunately, there has been another death—Case 2,162nd was a 61-year-old Malaysian man who had high blood pressure and diabetes
  • The Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah added in his message that the news of a COVID-19 patient committing suicide is false. There has been a suicide case but it did not involve a COVID-19 patient
  • The police has arrested 11 joggers in Mont Kiara for not adhering to the MCO orders, as well as the warnings and advice given. The Malay Mail reports the breakdown of the suspects to be of varied nationalities, including two Malaysians: United Kingdom (one), United States (one), Japan (four), South Korea (two) and India (one). They were found jogging around Jalan Mont Kiara and Jalan Desa Kiara in Kuala Lumpur between 7.30am and 9.30am and provided "unreasonable excuses as to why they were outdoors."
  • According to the news portal, authorities has banned outdoor running as part of the MCO and this applies even within gated vicinities
  • The daily also reported: "The World Health Organisation (WHO) has chosen Malaysia as one of the countries that will conduct joint research on the Remdesivir drug that is used to treat the Covid-19 infection"
  • Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also announced that a major cleaning and disinfection exercise was carried out today in the vicinity of the Seri Petaling Mosque. Around 100 DBKL and Alam Flora staff were there with specialised equipment to sanitise the area as directed by the National Security Council and the Health Ministry

 

UPDATE: 27 March 2020, 5:49pm

  • Today's report from the Health Ministry announces 130 new cases, bringing the total up to 2,161 COVID-19 cases in the country
  • 54 patients are currently in ICU, including 34 of them who requires the assistance of ventilators
  • 44 patients have recovered, increasing the total discharged to 259 people
  • The death toll is now at 26 cases
  • The 26th death being Case 1,321st, a 53-year-old Malaysian man who had close contact with Case 1,309th
  • The 25th death involved Case 2,032nd, an 83-year-old local with a history of chronic illness
  • The 24th death in the country has been announced by Crisis Preparedness and Response Center MOH on their Telegram channel. Case 1,056th was a 35-year-old Malaysian who has travelled to Indonesia early March. The patient developed symptoms five days before being admitted to Hospital Kuala Lumpur on March 18
  • PM Muhyiddin Yassin has announced a RM250 billion economic stimulus package known as package prihatin or caring package. According to The Star, it's meant to benefit all Malaysians. Like so:
  • "National Caring Aid (Bantuan Prihatin Nasional) involving one-off cash payment of RM10bil will be given to the B40 and M40 group, including private workers, farmers and fishermen. This includes RM1,600 to four million households earning RM4,000 and below; RM1,000 for households earning RM4,000 above; RM800 for single Malaysians aged 21 and above earning RM2,000 and below; RM500 for single Malaysians aged 21 and above earning between RM2,000 and RM4,000."
  • It also includes free internet for a limited time period, as well as better discounts for electricity bills. You can read more of the highlights here
  • Meanwhile, there is a message going around on Whatsapp and social media that Selangor will soon be under a lockdown. This message has been refuted by the police. It is not true

 

UPDATE: 26 March 2020, 5:19pm

  • At 235 new COVID-19 cases, today holds the record of the highest number of cases reported in a day. The total now stands at 2,031
  • 60 of those new cases are from the tabligh cluster case
  • 45 patients are in ICU with 32 of them needing ventilators
  • As of 5pm, the death toll is now at 23
  • Meanwhile, 215 people in total have recovered, including 16 new patients who have been discharged today
  • In other news, the King and Queen—Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah—have tested negative for the coronavirus. This, after seven Istana Negara staff tested positive. The King and Queen, however, will observe the 14-day quarantine, as reported by The Star
  • The 22nd death case: Case 1,797th was a 48-year-old Malaysian man who had chronic illness and was at the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering as well as had close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus
  • The 23rd death case: Case 1,840th was a 62-year-old Malaysian man who also had a history of chronic illness. The source of his infection is still under investigation
  • The 21st death in the country by the coronavirus has been reported: Case 1,588th was a 63-year-old local with a history of chronic illness and was an attendee at the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering
  • 80 healthcare workers under the Health Ministry has tested positive for the coronavirus but the cause is not from working at the government healthcare facilities

 

UPDATE: 26 March 2020, 9:33am

  • Unfortunately, another death has been reported late last night. The 20th death case involves a 76-year-old Malaysia man who attended the Sri Petaling tabligh
  • The Health Ministry also updated that 9,026 people from the cluster gathering at Masjid Sri Petaling have been tested:
  • 1,057 have tested positive
  • 5,625 people tested negative
  • 2,704 people are still pending for the results
  • The ministry also tweeted that people who smoke tobacco products could be at an increased risk of "becoming very sick if they contract COVID-19".

 

UPDATE: 25 March 2020, 5:35pm

  • Just in: Two more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll so far up to 19
  • The 18th death case: Case 1,625 was a 56-year-old local man with a chronic illness and was being treated at Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor
  • The 19th death case: Case 1,246 is a 68-year-old Malaysian woman who was being treated at Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail
  • Meanwhile, 45 patients are in ICU at the moment, with 34 of them requiring ventilators to assist with their breathing
  • The good news is that 16 more people have recovered and have been discharged

 

UPDATE: 25 March 2020, 1:27pm

  • BREAKING: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has just announced in his latest address that the Movement Control Order will be extended to 14 April 2020. With the latest total COVID-19 cases standing at 1,796 today, the decision was made after observing the high increase of cases in just one week. He added, "Please stay calm and don't panic. Even though we have extended the Movement Control Order, you don't have to unneccessarily stock up on food because the supply is sufficient."
  • The new total comes after 172 cases were reported today
  • PM Muhyiddin added that the Health Ministry has prepared for the rising outbreak. They have, to date, prepared 3,585 beds at 34 hospitals in the country. At the moment, hospital beds are at 34 per cent capacity, leaving 66 per cent for potential new patients
  • Should the capacity be filled, the government has identified several places as isolation and quarantine centres
  • There are also plans to conduct mass testings in areas with high risks of COVID-19. The Health Ministry will also increase the capacity for COVID-19 tests on a bigger scale
  • PM Muhyiddin said, "Just be mentally and physically prepared to stay at home for a reasonably longer period of time."
  • In his address, he also advised people to stay where they are. People who are in their hometowns should stay there while offices should remain closed
  • He assured the public that all essentials will be available and sufficient—from food to electricity and water, to trash collection and communication services
  • He will announce another economy package for the citizens this Friday, mostly for the lower income individuals
  • The 16th fatality from the COVID-19 virus was announced at midnight—Case 1,334 was a 75-year-old Malaysian man who passed away at Hospital Kuala Lumpur
  • The 17th death in Malaysia related to the COVID-19 virus has been announced at noon by Crisis Preparedness and Response Center MOH on their Telegram channel today. Case 1,251 was a 66-year-old Malaysian man with a history of a few chronic illnesses. He started showing symptoms a week before he was admitted to Hospital Pakar Sultanah Fatimah in Muar on March 20. He was in a critical condition when he arrived at the Emergency Ward
  • Both of the new deaths are still under investigation as to where they could have contracted the virus

 

UPDATE: 24 March 2020, 6:22pm

  • Just in: Another death from the COVID-19 virus has just been reported. The total number of deaths now stand at 15
  • 15th death (Case 1519): A 71-year-old Malaysian man from Malacca who was suspected to have had close contact with Case 703, who attended the Masjid Sri Petaling tabligh. He had a history of chronic illness and was being treated at Hospital Pakar Sultanah Fatimah from March 18
  • 106 new positive COVID-19 cases have been reported today in Malaysia. The total is now at 1,624 cases
  • Out of the 106 cases, 43 of them are from the tabligh cluster cases
  • 64 patients are now in ICU
  • 24 patients have been cured and discharged today
  • In other news, the Health Ministry have announced that they have tested 8,954 people from the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering.
  • 986 of them tested positive
  • 5,245 people tested negative
  • 2,704 are still awaiting results

 

UPDATE: 23 March 2020, 6:19pm

  • It is with great sadness that we share that the total number of deaths in Malaysia has now risen to 14 people. This, after four more deaths were reported today by the Health Ministry
  • The 11th death case (Case 1,070): A 70-year-old Malaysian man with a history of chronic illness and travel history to Indonesia in February
  • The 12th death case (Case 1,114): A 70-year-old Malaysian man who attended the gathering at Masjid Jamek
  • The 13th death case (Case 1,006): A 49-year-old Malaysian man who was the child of case 1,031 who is being treated at Hospital Umum Sarawak
  • The 14th death case (Case 595): A 51-year-old Malaysian woman who had close contact with the tabligh cluster case and was treated at Hospital Miri

 

 

  • Malaysia has reported 212 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total up to 1,518 cases
  • 123 of these new cases are related to the tabligh cluster cases
  • 57 of these cases are currently in ICU, including 27 that need ventilators to assist with their breathing
  • The good news is that 20 patients have recovered and have been discharged, increasing the total recovered to 159
  • Selangor, followed by Kuala Lumpur, is so far the state with the highest number of the coronavirus

 

  • Meanwhile, "the National Security Council will meet before the movement control order (MCO) ends to decide if the two weeks enforcement period is sufficient, or need to be extended, says Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin" according to The Star
  • In addition, Malaysians aged 55 and below will be allowed to withdraw a maximum of RM500 monthly from their Employee Provident Fund (EPF) Account Two to buy essential goods, for a period of over 12 months—an initiative announced by PM Muhyiddin today. Applications will open beginning April 1
  • The other good news shared today include the government announcing free masks once a new shipment arrives.  "I have agreed and would like to announce that when it (face masks) reaches, we will distribute it for free to all Malaysians who need it," said PM Muhyiddin

 

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UPDATE: 22 March 2020, 6:19pm

  • The Health Ministry has reported 123 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total up to 1,306 positive cases in Malaysia
  • Sadly, another two deaths were announced today. The total deaths now stands at 10 cases
  • The 9th case being a 48-year-old Malaysian man with travel history to Turkey. The man was a specialist doctor under the Health Ministry. However, Crisis Preparedness and Response Center MOH has announced that his infection is most likely not from being one of the frontliners but from his trip to Turkey
  • The 10th case is a 74-year-old Malaysian man who was part of the tabligh cluster case
  • The good news is that another 25 patients have recovered. The total discharged thus far is now 139 cases
  • At the moment, Indonesia reports the highest death toll in the Southeast Asia region (38), followed by Philippines (25) and then Malaysia
  • Meanwhile, The Star reports: "Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has tested negative for Covid-19"

 

UPDATE: 21 March 2020, 7:15pm

  • Two more deaths have been reported in the last hour by Crisis Preparedness and Response Center MOH on their Telegram channel, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in Malaysia to 8
  • The 7th person to have died from the virus is a 57-year-old Malaysian man with a travel history to Vietnam and had contact with positive COVID-19 case from the tabligh cluster case. He was admitted to Kuala Lumpur Hospital on March 18
  • The 8th death case involves a 69-year-old Malaysian man who was part of the tabligh cluster case. He was admitted to Tumpat Hospital in Kelantan on March 16 after developing a fever since March 12

 

UPDATE: 21 March 2020, 5:59pm

  • 153 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Malaysia today. Of these, 90 are related to the tabligh gathering. The total cases in the country now tallies at 1,183
  • As of today, 27 cases have been cured—total discharged, thus, now stands at 114
  • Sadly, another death was reported today—case 238 was a 50-year-old Malaysian man who was part of the tabligh cluster case. He passed away at Hospital Melaka
  • UPDATE: At 5:13pm, Sarawak confirmed two more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the death toll to at least 6, according to MalaysiaKini—a mother and daughter, aged 79 and 40. The independent news site reported that the first death happened on March 18 but was reported late as the private hospital was awaiting lab results from Kuala Lumpur. The second victim in the family died this afternoon
  • In terms of the number of infected healthcare staff, a total of 24 (both Health Ministry and private healthcare) workers have tested positive
  • Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has announced they'll be taking 500 homeless people in KL to a designated location for screening
  • Selangor remains to be the state with the highest number of COVID-19 cases

  • The Director-General of Health Daturk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah shares that the ministry expects the number to increase in the next week and urges tabligh members involved to go for a screening. The identities of patients will not revealed without their permission, he added

 

UPDATE: 20 March 2020, 9:05pm

  • Malaysia has reported its third death from the COVID-19 virus—a 58-year-old Malaysian man who was part of the tabligh cluster case. He was the 152nd case, admitted on March 9 and passed away in Tawau Hospital, Sabah
  • The total number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia has reached 1,030 after an additional 130 cases were reported today
  • 48 of those cases are related to the Sri Petaling gathering
  • The total recovered and discharged is now at 87 after 12 more cases have been cured
  • 26 cases, however, are in ICU

 

 

  • It has been reported that 12 Health Ministry healthcare workers and three from the private healthcare sector have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. One of the Health Ministry staff is currently in ICU on ventilatory support. The Health Ministry shared this on Twitter, urging the public to stay home

 

  • In other news...

  • BFM News has also reported that "employers of non-essential services as outlined by the government for the Movement Control Order can report their employers to the police if they have been forced to come into work throughout the period of the order." The Human Resources Ministry further adds that employers are prohibited from forcing employees to go on unpaid leave or use their annual leaves from March 18 to 31. Employers who do not follow this can be fined up to RM1,000 and/or be jailed for up to six months
  • During the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, 24-hour eateries will only operate from 6am to 10pm as stated by DBKL
  • From April 1 to September 30, 2020, all domestic electricity users will enjoy a 2 per cent discount for their electricity bills. Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said, "This means that people will enjoy a 2 per cent discount during the period, in addition to the 6 per cent discount already being enjoyed by domestic consumers for the period from Jan 1 to June 30, 2020."
  • Beginning Sunday, the army will be deployed to "assist the police in managing and enforcing the Movement Control Order (MCO)," according to Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri
  • Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is currently under self-quarantine after being in close contact with someone suspected of having Covid-19, as reported by The Star.

 

 

UPDATE: 19 March 2020, 5:48pm

  • Malaysia has reported another 110 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 900
  • Out of the 110 new cases, 63 of them are related to the Sri Petaling gathering
  • A total of 20 cases are in ICU at the moment
  • The good news is that 15 cases have been cured and discharged—the total of this now stands at 75
  • The Health Ministry also reports that none of the 900 positive COVID-19 cases in Malaysia are Indonesian, adding that 83 Malaysians have been identified from the recent Sulawesi gathering. The ministry assures the public that they will be quarantined upon their return home
  • At 223 cases so far, Selangor is the state with the highest number of cases.

 

 

UPDATE: 18 March 2020, 5:48pm

  • Today, another 117 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported. The total now stands at 790 cases in Malaysia. 15 of these patients are currently in ICU
  • 80 of these new cases are linked to the cluster case from the Sri Petaling gathering
  • 11 patients have recovered, bringing the total discharged to 60

 

UPDATE: 17 March 2020, 5:52pm

  • BREAKING: Malaysia records two COVID-19 deaths. One case involves a 60-year-old pastor (case 358) from Emanuel Baptist Chuch in Kuching, Sarawak. The man, who was chronically ill prior to contracting the virus, died at 11am today at Sarawak General Hospital, as reported by Channel News Asia
  • The article goes on to reveal that "193 close contacts of the deceased have been traced and are undergoing home-quarantine"
  • The second case (case 178) involves a 34-year-old Malaysian man who attended the Sri Petaling gathering, according to the Health Ministry. He started displaying symptoms on March 5 and was being treated at Permai Hospital on March 12 after testing positive. He was in critical condition and was in ICU.
  • In addition, Malaysia also saw another 120 cases of COVID-19 patients, bringing the total up to 673
  • Of the new 120 cases, 95 are linked to the cluster case from the Sri Petaling gathering
  • 622 patients are receiving treatment at the hospitals while 7 patients have been cured, bringing the total discharged to 49 at this point.
  • Meanwhile, the Health Ministry asserts that the public need to follow the Movement Control Order as failure to comply could lead to severe punishment. First-time offenders—sentenced to jail for not more than two (2) years or fined, or both. Second-time (or more) offenders—sentenced to jail for not more than five (5) years or fined, or both

 

UPDATE: 16 March 2020, 10:34pm

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, has announced the following in his latest press conference on how Malaysia will be handling the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Movement restriction order nationwide beginning March 18 to 31
  • All religious and social activities to be cancelled; and all religious houses to close except for groceries stores
  • All Malaysians are prohibited from travelling overseas
  • Malaysians who are returning from overseas must observe self-quarantine for 14 days
  • No foreign tourists will be allowed entry into the country
  • All schools, kindergartens, public and international schools, as well as universities and colleges to close
  • All government and private offices to close, except for essential services such as—water, post offices, power supplies, petrol stations, broadcasting companies, banks, ports, airports, groceries and supermarkets.


 

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This article previously featured the beginnings of the coronavirus, how it was once known as the Wuhan virus, and when it first infected Malaysians. You may find it here.

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