Malaysia has been hit with the coronavirus.
The death toll and number of infections are increasing by the day worldwide as the coronavirus outbreak (nCoV-2019) has infected more than 4,000 people and killed more than 100.
The total number of confirmed cases of the 2019 novel #coronavirus reported from mainland China 🇨🇳 to date is 4,515.— World Health Organization Western Pacific (@WHOWPRO) January 28, 2020
This includes 976 severe cases and 106 people who have died.#nCoV #nCoV2019 #2019nCoV pic.twitter.com/i9VyDHq9DR
The newly-discovered virus outbreak started in Wuhan, a province in China and the country currently has the highest number of infections and casualties.
The virus is a SARS-like (Severe Acute Respiratory syndrome) contagion that belongs to the coronavirus family and earlier it was reported the coronavirus has some link to a large seafood and animal market.
Kes positif novel coronavirus di negara ini kekal 4 kes.— KKMPutrajaya (@KKMPutrajaya) January 27, 2020
4 Patient-Under-Investigation (PUI) masih menunggu keputusan makmal.
Tangguhkan perjalanan ke China dan terus amalkan kebersihan diri.
Rujuk kenyataan rasmi Men. Kesihatan, Datuk Seri @DrDzul pic.twitter.com/XGVCKLMNW4
Malaysia on its toes
Malaysia has confirmed four positive cases with the latest one being a 40-year-old man from Wuhan who arrived in Johor via a tour bus from Singapore.
The first reported cases were in Johor involving a 65-year-old woman and two children – aged 2 and 11. They are currently being treated at Hospital Sungai Buloh.
To stop more cases from happening in the country, the government has been vigilant in monitoring travellers at all entry points and segregating those who arrived from China and from other countries.
Upon knowing that the infection has arrived in the country, social media was flooded with fake news and also xenophobic sentiments by some netizens who think that the disease is an act of God.
As fears grew, so did fake news about the disease that surfaced including the allegation that hundreds of Chinese nationals had arriving on Langkawi to escape the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and a case of an infection happening in Pahang.
To combat the issue, the government is monitoring social media activities to ensure that fake news about the disease can be reduced. Those found guilty can face legal action which includes fines and imprisonment.
As a preventive measure, Malaysia has also stopped issuing visas for Chinese citizens from Wuhan and the areas around Hubei province. These include eNTRY(facility without visa), Visa On Arrival (VOA), e-visa and manual visas.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said there situation is currently under control as the country is well-equipped to deal with the 2019 novel coronavirus situation after having successfully dealt with previous outbreaks.
Here’s what we know so far about China’s previously unknown coronavirus:
A previously unknown strain
The newly labeled “2019 Novel Coronavirus” (2019-nCoV) belongs to the coronavirus family and has not previously been identified in humans.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause respiratory illness in people while others circulate among animals including camels, cats, and bats.
When the virus has infected humans, it’s possible for these diseases to spread to others via respiratory droplets, similar to influenza and other respiratory pathogens.
Fears of SARS-like pandemic
As of 28 January, there are 4,500 confirmed cases with 100 casualties wth cases reported in every province and territory in China except for Tibet.
Neighbouring provinces have stated to shut down roads and the Chinese government is screening travelers at airports and train stations to prevent the spread of the deadly infection.
In the midst of the outbreak, the Chinese people have been critical towards how the ruling powers were handling the situation as they felt that the situation could’ve been managed better.
Despite efforts made, the coronavirus has already spread outside China’s borders as cases were reported in various countries across 4 continents:
- The Republic of Korea
- United States
- Sri Lanka
Over in the southern border Singapore has confirmed 5 cases – all involving travelers from Wuhan.
Indonesia is currently free from the contagion but have been conducting thermal scanning and observations.
There are also no cases in the Philippines but the Filipino government has stopped issuing visas to Chinese nationals as a preventive measure.
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