M'sia Imposes Entry Ban On Visitors From Parts Of South Korea After 13 Die Of COVID-19
An entry ban has been imposed on visitors coming to Malaysia from parts of South Korea after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak rapidly worsened over the week in the East Asian country
The entry ban is temporary and includes all South Korean visitors from Daegu city and Cheongdo county, foreigners that had been at areas within 14 days before arrival in Malaysia.
The travel restriction also covers visitors transiting through Malaysia.
The announcement about the current entry ban and travel restriction, which have been enforced with immediate effect, was made by Health Director General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on Friday, 28 February.
Additionally, Malaysian nationals, permanent residents, and pass holders (long-term social visit pass and student pass) who had been at Daegu city and Cheongdo country within 14 days before their arrival in Malaysia will be required to undergo mandatory health screening, Dr Noor said in his statement yesterday.
In a clarification about the entry ban, Dr Noor said that it did not apply to all South Koreans, but only to those from the lockdown city of Daegu and Cheongdo County and foreign nationals who were there
Meanwhile, the Health D-G has also advised Malaysians to postpone their travel to cities and provinces that have been declared as COVID-19 outbreak zones in China, Japan, Italy, Iran, and South Korea
According to AFP, South Korea is reporting a daily rise of 571 new coronavirus cases.
The daily rise numbers from South Korea have overtaken the increase reported in China, where the disease first emerged. In South Korea — which the AFP said has an advanced health system and whose statistics are regarded as reliable by observers — now has 2,931 cases as of this SAYS article.
Out of the 2,931 confirmed cases in South Korea, 13 have died and 27 have recovered.
In Iran, where the Deputy Health Minister and a Member of Parliament have both tested positive for the coronavirus disease, the outbreak that has killed 34 people out of the 388 infected patients.
In Italy, there are 889 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease, out of which, 21 have died and 46 have made full recovery at the time of this writing.
In China, at the epicentre of the outbreak where 79,251 cases have been reported, the situation seems to be improving with a total of 39,002 patient making a full recovery.
In Malaysia, amidst a political crisis that has collapsed the Pakatan Harapan government, an economic stimulus package has been announced by the interim Prime Minister to address the country's economy that has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak: