Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry was also conducting COVID-19 surveillance to detect sporadic and local cases in Malaysia through patients with influenza-like-illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) that had no history of travelling to countries affected by COVID-19 or contact with COVID-19 positive cases.
As of March 9, a total of 574 samples had been tested and so far no samples were detected positive for COVID-19 infection.
“Based on current information, no COVID-19 sporadic cases have been detected through this surveillance activity,” he said.
While repeating his advice to the public to always maintain a high level of hygiene and avoid going to crowded places purportedly infected by the virus, he said the two easy steps were proven effective in preventing transmission of diseases spread by respiratory droplets.
He added that Malaysia is also monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the United States, France, Switzerland and Spain.
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