COVID-19 Victim Had Taken KTM ETS Train From Penang To KL Before Passing Away

The train company is now urging passengers who took the same train to get screened.

Cover image via SiakapKeli & Hari Anggara/Malay Mail

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) has urged all passengers who boarded the Electric Train Service (ETS) No 9173 to go to the nearest hospital for screening if they have symptoms of COVID-19

According to New Straits Times, KTMB chief executive officer Datuk Ir Kamarulzaman Zainal said this was because a passenger who boarded the train service from Butterworth Station to KL Sentral on 7 March had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

"The 70-year-old man who was also the 11th COVID-19 fatality, succumbed to the virus infection while receiving treatment at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz-Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur on Sunday (22 March)," he said in a statement yesterday, 24 March.

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Image via Yusof Mat Isa/Malay Mail

Kamarulzaman said KTM had immediately suspended the rail service for complete disinfection of the affected coach

He added that all other ETS trains will also undergo disinfection for the safety of passengers and staff.

"All KTMB staff who boarded the train and those at the affected stations have also been instructed to undergo health screenings," he said, as quoted by Malay Mail.

For more information, members of the public are encouraged to find out more through KTMB's official social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, or their official portal.

You can also contact the call centre at +603-22671200 for any update.

So far, there are a total of 1,624 cases and 16 deaths due to COVID-19 in Malaysia

The Ministry of Health announced that there were 106 new cases recorded yesterday, 24 March, making it the 10th consecutive day of a three-digit increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

Here is the breakdown of cases and deaths in Malaysia according to state:

A study had found that the virus can survive as droplets in the air for hours, and on surfaces for several days:

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