KUALA LUMPUR: Tourists coming from China are now being checked at Malaysia Airports gateways in light of the Coronavirus outbreak originating in Wuhan, China.
The Malaysian government has taken extra measures to screen international passengers at its gateway airports across the nation after reports showed more people from China are being infected by the coronavirus that is spreading globally.
However, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today Malaysia will not block Chinese tourists from entering the country since the government has set up screening procedures at airports and other places.
“We will not block (China’s tourists) but we will check them we will make sure.
“We are able to detect (the virus) in very early stages ,” he told reporters at a press conference after attending the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Kuala Lumpur today.
Chinese tourists are among the biggest tourists that will visit our country. Visit Malaysia Year 2020 might be affected with Coronavirus problem.
Reports said three infected Chinese National currently receiving treatment for Coronavirus in Sungai Buloh hospital, and they are going to be quarantine and monitored by Malaysia government. The Ministry of Health confirmed that today.
The deadly virus is spreading rapidly in Europe and Australia too.
France confirmed on Friday its first three cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, with two patients being hospitalised in Paris and the other in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.
The charity SOS Medecins said it had treated one of the cases, a patient of Chinese origin who said he had been in contact with people from Wuhan in China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.
Australia has also confirmed its first case of the coronavirus, with the patient hospitalised in a stable condition in a suburb of Melbourne, health officials said on Saturday, as reported by the Independent.
The Chinese national, in his 50s, arrived from China on 19 January on a flight from Guangzhou, Victoria health .minister Jenny Mikakos told journalists.