Aid for those affected by Covid-19

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  • Thursday, 12 Mar 2020

Muhyiddin (left) donates to the Covid-19 fund after the first Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya on March 11, 2020. - AP

PUTRAJAYA: The Covid-19 Fund launched by the Perikatan Nasional government will give financial aid to those directly affected by the outbreak.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that for a start, RM1mil had been channelled into the fund to help Covid-19 patients and those under the 14-day quarantine but not holding any jobs.

“We don’t want their lives to be affected. So this is one type of humanitarian aid we are giving.

“If we can raise funds from the people, whatever we collect will be given to those eligible for the aid,” he told a press conference after chairing the first Cabinet meeting of the Perikatan government at Perdana Putra here yesterday.

Ministers who attended the meeting also contributed when the hat was passed around at the launch of the Covid-19 Fund after the press conference.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, at a ceremony at the Higher Education Leadership Academy in Nilai, Negri Sembilan, said individuals without a fixed income or salary would be given aid of RM100 a day during the quarantine period.

The fund, which is managed by the National Disaster Management Agency, covers those placed under the 14-day home surveillance as well as Covid-19 patients being treated at hospitals. — Bernama
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