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No need to close borders, health minister says on Covid situation

Dr Zaliha Mustafa says Malaysia's Covid-19 situation is still under control.

Bernama
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Tourists take in the sights at Dataran Merdeka in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
Tourists take in the sights at Dataran Merdeka in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa says there is no need for the government to close the borders as Malaysia's Covid-19 situation is still under control. 

However, she said that precautionary measures are being taken at the nation's checkpoints to curb any potential spread of infection. 

As of Tuesday, she said, no infections or symptoms had been detected at border entry points despite the arrival of some 7,000 tourists from China since Jan 8.

"The Covid-19 situation is under control and the people’s awareness is still good, at a high level, so the situation does not warrant us closing the borders," she told reporters in Pendang today.

She added that while tens of thousands were screened each day, the number of positive cases detected throughout the country remained low.