By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported an additional 120 cases Tuesday, bringing the total in the country to 673.


According to preliminary investigations, out of 120 new cases reported today, a total of 95 COVID-19 positive cases were related to the tabligh assembly cluster at the Jamek Seri Petaling Mosque.

To date, 12 cases of COVID-19 have been treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and need respiratory assistance.

The first two deaths in Malaysia have been reported, here are some details:

One case is in a 34-year-old Malaysian citizen who attended a tabligh rally at the Jamek Seri Petaling Mosque. He started having fever symptoms on March 5, 2020. He was hospitalized at Permai Hospital, Johor Bahru on March 12, 2020 after being diagnosed with COVID-19. His condition deteriorated and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. He was pronounced dead on March 17, 2020.

The second case is a 60-year-old Malaysian citizen with a history of chronic illness. The patient started having symptoms of fever, cough and difficulty breathing on March 7, 2020. The individual was treated at the Sarawak General Hospital on March 14, 2020 after being diagnosed with COVID-19. The condition deteriorated and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and died today.

The MOH would like to inform that the Malaysian government is taking drastic measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak by limiting public movement. This approach needs to be implemented by the Government of Malaysia to prevent more people from being infected with COVID-19 and to contain and restrict the transmission of this COVID-19 virus. However, health services will continue to improve and the cooperation of both parties, public and private, will continue.

The Government would like to urge the public to comply with all instructions relating to the order, which will be in force from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020. Failure to comply with any such order, if convicted of an offense, is punishable under Section 24 of Act 342.

Individuals must be responsible Malaysians and carry out their respective roles to assist the Malaysian government in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 incident. Among the actions that every Malaysian should take to prevent and control COVID-19 infection, in accordance with the Movement Control Order are as follows:

Maintain an optimal level of hygiene at all times, such as washing your hands frequently with water and soap or hand sanitizer.

Always practice good cough etiquette, which is to cover your mouth and nose with tissue or linings when coughing or sneezing, and then washing your hands immediately.

Immediately seek treatment if you have symptoms of respiratory tract infections such as fever, cough, cold and / or sore throat.

MOH will continue to monitor the progress of this infection through the information obtained and will be informed to the people from time to time.

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