Coronavirus: Malaysia to repatriate 78 Citizens from China

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PUTRAJAYA JAN 29: The government has decided to bring back 78 Malaysians who are in Wuhan – the worst affected city with Coronavirus infection through discussions with the government of the People’s Republic of China.

Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said, the government will send an airplane to bring back the Malaysians from Wuhan with the agreement of the Chinese government similar to what has been granted to Japan recently.

“From the information gathered we were told that the Malaysians have their food supply just enough for four days.

“We will also send masks and gloves to Wuhan as there are shortages in the supply of these things,” said Dr. Mahathir in a special press conference on the updates of Coronavirus here today.

Dr. Mahathir said the Malaysians from Wuhan on arrival will be quarantined to make sure that they are not suffering from Coronavirus.

The Prime Minister also warned that the government will take stern actions on irresponsible people who have spread fake news and information that the tourists from China are not allowed to visit the mosques following Coronavirus infection.

“It is certainly not the government’s policy. It is done by irresponsible people who make tourists and foreigners frighten to come to Malaysia.

“We have press freedom but to spread fake news that will cause problems and antagonism among races in Malaysia will not be tolerated,” Dr. Mahathir reiterated.

Asked whether tourists affected by Coronavirus will be placed in a special hospital, Dr. Mahathir said, 26 hospitals in Malaysia have been chosen by the government to give treatment to Coronavirus affected patients

On the question of whether Malaysians leaving the country will be examined from Coronavirus, Dr. Mahathir said, the government will only do health checks on those entering the country at all entry points.

Dr. Mahathir also said, only tourists from Wuhan and areas affected with Coronavirus in China are not given visas but the rest are welcomed.-Malaysia World News

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