Wuhan virus: Sabah looking to provide personnel at entry points with protective equipment

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 26 Jan 2020

Passengers pass by a banner about Wuhan Pneumonia at thermal screening point at international arrival terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

SEMPORNA (Bernama): The state government is looking into providing personnel at Sabah entry points with protective equipment in an effort to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the protective equipment included face masks, hand sanitizers and gloves.

"I think the Health and People's Wellbeing Ministry and the Education and Innovation Ministry are working on it," he told reporters after attending the Chinese New Year celebration organised by the Bandar Baru Semporna of Parti Warisan Sabah here on Saturday night (Jan 25).

Shafie said the state government had also stepped up monitoring and surveillance at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

"We are taking proactive preventive measures, for example, by conducting passenger health screenings," he said.

On Saturday, the Health Ministry confirmed the fourth case of coronavirus in the country.

The victims, all of whom are Chinese nationals had entered Malaysia via Johor from Singapore.- Bernama

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