However, she said Westerdam with 1,000 passengers on board, which docked in Hong Kong before going to Taiwan on Feb 1, had initially stated its intention to dock in Malaysia but was given permission to do so in Cambodia yesterday (Feb 13) whereas Sapphire Princess safely docked in Singapore.
Commenting on the drastic rise in COVID-19 cases in China, she said it was because of a change in definition for positive COVID-19 cases in Hubei province, the worst-hit area of the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
“The latest is that any patient in Hubei showing all COVID-19 symptoms but have not been confirmed positive through laboratory tests are categorised as positive cases (clinically diagnosed cases),” she said.
However, she underscored that according to the World Health Organisation, there was no drastic rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases outside China.
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She explained that Malaysia was not following Hubei in defining COVID-19 cases.
“In Malaysia, the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) from early on has been ready (to conduct laboratory tests,” she noted.
The meeting was also attended by Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Azis Jamman, Chief Secrertary to the Government Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali and Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud.
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