SERDANG: The prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, today visited the quarantine and treatment centre for low-risk Covid-19 patients, set up at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park here.
Muhyiddin spent almost an hour at the centre, which has been prepared to meet any drastic surge in the number of Covid-19 infections. It will be used to treat patients who are asymptomatic or who have mild symptoms.
The centre can hold 600 patients. Facilities for them include television, lounges, WiFi access, computers, surau, changing rooms and rest areas.
Use e-wallets to distribute aid, says PH
Pakatan Harapan has suggested that government aid be paid to the people using the e-wallet programme by which RM30 payments to eligible Malaysians had been made a month ago. The e-wallet programme, called “e-tunai rakyat” would be easier to use than payment to individual bank accounts, PH said.
2 Malaysians among 35 new cases in Singapore
Two Malaysians were among 35 new cases of Covid-19 infection reported in Singapore, bringing the total number of cases to 879. The two Malaysians are a 20-year-old porter at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases who had been in Malaysia for two days from March 16, and a 41-year old Malaysian man who is also a Singapore work pass holder.
Simpang Renggam sampling to end in 10 days
Work on gathering samples from two Covid-19 affected areas in Simpang Renggam, Johor, are expected to be completed within 10 days. The director-general of health, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, said an average of 300 samples a day were being collected, especially from the high-risk group.
Results of 4,378 tests awaited for Sri Petaling cluster
Noor Hisham said a total of 18,271 people had been screened from the Sri Petaling mosque tabligh cluster. “Of these, 1,290 tested positive, 8,083 negative while results of another 4,738 are pending.”
Disinfection carried out at Covid-19 red zones
Disinfection and cleaning work has begun at six areas identified as red zones. They are Lembah Pantai, Petaling, Hulu Langat, Seremban, Johor Bahru and Kluang. Housing and local government minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said road equipment, public facilities, public markets, pavements, transport hubs and public housing blocks would be cleaned.
Operations began as early as 9am today, with fire engines being used to spray the disinfectant. Manual spraying was also conducted.
RM4.25mil additional aid from Pahang state govt
The Pahang state government has announced five additional initiatives totalling RM4.25 million to help those affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. Cash aid of RM100 and essential items worth RM50 would be handed over to 21,000 recipients in all 42 state constituencies and the Orang Asli community, and 500 rice packets for the needy in all constituencies. The hardcore poor would receive RM50 worth of essential items.