According to Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham, there has been a spike in COVID-19 cases among children in Malaysia
During the press conference announcing the daily COVID-19 updates, he said that children are at a great risk of contracting the disease.
Dr Noor Hisham explained, "We have advised parents to not bring their children to public spaces such as supermarkets and hospitals. The government will always advise people first. However, now we will discuss ways to take action against parents who take their children to public spaces without a valid reason."
He also added that the Ministry of Health (MOH) will meet with the National Security Council tomorrow to discuss the issue.
Meanwhile, on 15 May, MOH announced that parents can bring their chidren to the nearest health facility for scheduled immunisation services.
MOH recorded 47 new COVID-19 cases today, 18 May
Within the 47 new cases, 17 of those infected with COVID-19 are foreigners.
This brings the number of cases in Malaysia to a total of 6,941 but only 1,213 out of the total are active cases.
Dr Noor Hisham also noted that there are 21 imported cases reported today.
20 of the imported cases are from Malaysian citizens who just returned from Saudi Arabia while the one case is from a patient who just came back from the US.
On the other hand, 44 patients have fully recovered and there were no coronavirus-related deaths within the past day
A total of 5,615 patients have been discharged from hospitals since the disease was first identified in the country.
The MOH's official Twitter account noted that the current recovery rate in Malaysia is 80.90%.
There are currently 16 patients receiving treatment in Intensive Care Units, with six of them requiring breathing assistance.
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