National Science Centre, Planetarium temporarily closed due to Covid-19

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  • Monday, 16 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: National Science Centre (Pusat Sains Negara) and the Planetarium have been temporarily shut down until further notice, says Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

"I am sure many students want to visit during the school holidays.

"However, the health of the rakyat must be prioritised," he posted on Twitter.

Malaysia has been carefully monitoring and containing cases of the Covid-19 since it was first discovered on Jan 25.

But the number of cases spiralled after a case, which was initially thought as a sporadic case, was traced to a religious mass gathering (tabligh programme) that had 16,000 participants.

There were 190 new cases detected on Sunday (March 15), the biggest jump in the number of cases in a day. Most of the cases were from the mass gathering which was held from Feb 27 to March 1 at a mosque in Sri Petaling, a suburb in Kuala Lumpur.

This makes a total of 428 cases for Malaysia, with 42 patients recovered and discharged.

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