Govt to import 10 mil face masks from China

Senior minister Fadillah Yusoff says distribution of the 10 million face masks will be managed by the National Disaster Management Agency.

PETALING JAYA: Works Minister Fadillah Yusoff today said the government will import 10 million face masks from China in stages.

At a press conference, Fadillah, one of four senior ministers, said the face masks will be managed by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma).

“Priority will be given to front-liners, if there is excess, then it will be opened to the market. That, too, will be managed by Nadma which will work with Pharmaniaga,” he said after a meeting with ministers today.

Fadillah urged the people to declare if they have had close contact with those who tested positive for Covid-19 when they go for medical check-ups.

“If not, we are exposing our front-liners to Covid-19. We don’t want a situation where doctors and nurses cannot provide care because they have been infected,” he said, adding that police can take action against those who fail to declare.

Meanwhile, Fadillah said that only the head of a family is allowed to go out and purchase essential goods while the movement control order (MCO) is in effect.

If another person needs to accompany the head of a family, then they have to explain this to the police, he added.

“As a matter of policy, only one person is allowed. But as much as possible, try to minimise movements outside the home. Go out only when necessary.”

On a separate matter, Fadillah said state governments have the power to decide on the operating hours of businesses during the  MCO.

It was previously reported that Pahang and Sabah have limited the operating hours of businesses, including food and beverage outlets.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia is now 1,030 with three deaths recorded.

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