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The IMR's Infectious Disease Research Centre Virology Unit chief said it was vital to quickly deliver results, enabling health authorities to immediately carry out contact tracing if results come back positive.
GEORGE TOWN: Three eateries and a spice store were ordered to shut by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), after rat droppings and live cockroaches were found separately on their premises.
MELAKA (Bernama): Chief Minister Adly Zahari on Wednesday (Feb 26) held a meeting with the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Melaka Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob at the latter’s office in Ayer Keroh here.
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah health authorities are still waiting for the full report of the laboratory tests done on a suspected Covid-19 coronavirus case in Kudat.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): A male patient suspected of Covid-19 died on Feb 23 at Kariadi Central General Hospital in Semarang, Central Java, after being treated in an isolation room for nearly a week.
TOKYO (Bloomberg): As the International Olympic Committee looks ahead to the Summer Games with trepidation, it does have something that could cushion the blow in case of cancellation: a US$897 million reserve fund to help finance global sports.
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN): Singapore and Malaysia on Tuesday (Feb 25) agreed on some areas of joint cooperation in the two countries' bid to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): The government is apparently in no rush to evacuate 69 Indonesian crew members from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan who are reported healthy, arguing they might cause “a new epicentre” after nine others on the cruise ship tested positive for Covid-19.
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP): As the new coronavirus spreads globally, the online battle to keep misinformation about the disease is also stepping up.
BRUSSELS (China Daily/ANN): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday (Feb 24) praised China's contribution to the global fight against the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak, noting that the Chinese people are making efforts for all of humanity.