Govt declares SARS a national security matter

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  • Sunday, 06 Apr 2003

NATIONAL SECURITY (April 5): Malaysia has declared the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) a national security matter and will take thorough measures to stem the possible spread of the disease. Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng said on Friday that the decision was made based on the recommendation of the National Committee on SARS. 

SUSPECTED SARS CASES (April 4): Six more suspected SARS cases were reported, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 65. On Wednesday, the ministry reported 59 suspected cases, of which 19 were under quarantine in hospitals. Nine out of the 19 cases had been discharged, leaving 10 patients still under observation. On Thursday, six new cases were reported, bringing to 16 the number of people quarantined. As of Friday, there were no deaths related to probable SARS cases. 

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