Malaysia government to buy 10 million masks from China for front liners

PUTRAJAYA MAR.21: The government has decided to buy 10 million masks from China for the usage of medical staffs, police, military and immigration officers as the front liners, following the spike of  COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister of Works, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (pic) said the masks will be managed by the National Disaster Relief Fund (NADMA) on reaching Malaysia in several phases via airlines arranged by the Ministry of Transport.

“The masks will be given to the Ministry of Health, police, army and immigration as priority groups and only the rest will be given to Pharmaniaga to be distributed to the market,” said Fadillah in a press conference here today.

Fadillah who is also a Senior Minister added, many doctors and nurses in the hospitals have been affected by COVID-19 due to patients not declaring that they have been in contact with positive COVID-19 persons.

“Police can take action on people who have positive COVID-19 but did not declare to the hospital. This action will expose others to be affected by the virus,” he added.

Regarding the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 18 until March 31, the minister said, the Order basically allows the people to go out of the house to buy necessities and only the head of the family is permitted and if extra person is brought along then it depends on the discretion of the police

Concerning the time of business operations for the super market and groceries, Fadillah stressed that the state government will determine the business time. – Malaysia World News

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