In the 12-minute long address, Muhyiddin also said that cruise vessels will only be allowed to dock at Malaysian ports for supply replenishing purposes, while only Malaysian crew members will be allowed to disembark, after which they would still have to undergo health screenings.
He said the Perikatan Nasional government was extremely concerned with the fate of Malaysians currently in countries badly affected by the pandemic, such as China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.
Muhyiddin said the Malaysian government had mobilised two Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions to Wuhan in the Chinese province of Hubei, the first on Feb 4 that brought home 107 Malaysians and their non-Malaysian spouses and children, and the second on Feb 26 that saw 68 Malaysians and their non-Malaysian spouses and children brought home.
“A total of 65 Malaysians in Iran and 323 more in Italy are in the process of being brought home,” Muhyiddin said.
Touching on Malaysians’ concerns on the second wave, the prime minister said he is given a daily briefing on the COVID-19 situation by the Special Committee led by the Health Ministry in order for new measures to be taken for possibilities.
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“Facing this situation, I advise all of you to take preventive measures to protect you and your family against this disease.
“The main thing is to practise high levels of hygiene, such as personal cleanliness, the use of face masks and hand sanitisers and to reduce touch contact and handshakes,” he said.
Muhyiddin said the government had also decided that all gatherings, including international meetings, sport, social and religious events will be postponed or cancelled until April 30, after which the decision will be reviewed.
He also assured Malaysians that there are enough essential goods, while also assuring parents with school-going children that the Education Ministry has taken necessary preventive measures, including cancelling all forms of gatherings.
“I would like to thank all health personnel, public servants and all those who have been directly involved in the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“I pray that this outbreak will be contained very soon and all of us will be able to safely carry on with our lives with our families,” he said.
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