PUTRAJAYA, Feb 3 (Bernama) -- Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad today praised Chinese authorities for their quick actions in dealing with the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in the republic.
He also praised the Chinese government for being transparent in sharing the development of the outbreak which began in Wuhan with the world.
"I must say that China has done extremely well and (also) been transparent (this time) as opposed to the earlier SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) episode where they took their time to inform the world.
"This time, I must commend them for taking rigorous steps such as locking down Wuhan, ” he said in a news conference on the 2019-nCoV infection update here.
Meanwhile, he said the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting on Health Development was currently ongoing here and was also attended by China, Japan and South Korea.
He said that the latest developments of the 2019-nCoV infection and vaccine development were some of the issues discussed at the meeting.
On Malaysia’s 2019-nCoV cases, he said as of noon today the cumulative number of cases remained at eight. - Bernama