ANKARA: Malaysia on Thursday stated it might deploy its armed forces to totally implement motion controls positioned to stem the unfold of the novel coronavirus.
Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated utilizing the armed forces to forestall the unfold of the virus “was among the suggestions raised at the special meeting on COVID-19 on non-health related matters,” native day by day The Star reported.
“I hope that this will not be necessary but if the compliance rate remains low, there is a big possibility that the military will be used [to get people to stay at home],” Yakoob instructed reporters.
Malaysia lately imposed the measures, generally known as the Motion Management Order (MCO), on Wednesday to run till the tip of the month. It features a ban on non-essential workplaces and urges folks to remain at residence.
Yaakob cited police figures exhibiting a roughly 60% public compliance price with the MCO precautions.
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Malaysia has reported 790 instances of COVID-19. Two folks have died of the illness, with almost 60 others recovering.
Malaysian officers introduced that they had traced over 10,000 attendees of a mass non secular gathering held final month amid the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, in response to the Daily Malay Mail.
10,000-person prayer gathering
Urging contributors of the gathering to use for medical checks, Well being Director-Common Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah stated one of many contributors died on Wednesday.
Noor Hisham added that 10,650 such folks had been traced.
“Up until midnight March 19, 2020 [March 18, 2020, 1600GMT], 10,553 of the tabligh [Islam preaching] congregants that attended the gathering at Masjid Jamek Seri Petaling have been checked, 4,986 samples taken and 513 positives,” he stated on Twitter.
Since first being detected in Wuhan, China in December, the novel coronavirus has claimed 8,810 lives globally, most in China, in response to world information maintained by Johns Hopkins College (JHU).
At the very least 218,823 instances of the virus have been confirmed in at the least 158 nations and territories, with Europe as the brand new epicentre of the pandemic, in response to the World Well being Organisation.
Regardless of the rising variety of instances, most individuals who get contaminated endure delicate signs and get better.