PM of Malaysia to quarantine self after cabinet minster gets corona infected

Coronavirus has now affected the ministerial cabinet of Malaysia. In this row, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Monday he will self-quarantine after a Cabinet minister he was in contact, tested positive for the coronavirus, as cases in the country hit a record high. Muhyiddin had chaired a meeting on 3rd October that was attended by Religious Affairs Minister Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, who confirmed Monday he has been hospitalized for treatment.

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The health ministry of the country has warned that Malaysia is facing a new wave of virus cases as the outbreak has widened in recent days. New groups have sprung up in many states amid extended travel to eastern Sabah state, a hotspot zone, for a state election last month. New virus cases hit a record daily high of 432 on Monday, bringing Malaysia’s tally to 12,813 with 137 deaths. Nearly half were from a prison in a northern state, and 130 were in Sabah. Muhyiddin, who took power in March after a political move, said in a statement that he underwent virus testing every two weeks since April.

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But after returning from campaigning in Sabah, he had tested three times since Sept. 22 and all were negative. However, he said he will isolating himself and work from home until October 16. The Malaysian PM also said that all those who came in close contact with Zulkifli at the meeting will undergo compulsory quarantine, while others are advised to observe self-isolation. Local reports said the attendees included several ministers, the national police chief, the armed forces chief and the health director-general. Health ministry officials couldn’t be immediately reached for confirmation and further details.

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