PUTRAJAYA, Jan 26 — Malaysia has the capacity to deal with the 2019 novel coronavirus situation after having successfully dealt with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Ebola virus and Nipah virus in the past, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Azizah Wan Ismail said today.
“It shows that we have the capacity to take care of ourselves, but we need the cooperation of all Malaysians. Don’t spread fake news, it scares people and gives the impression we are panicking. It is important for us to take care of each other,” she told a media conference after chairing a high-level novel coronavirus coordination meeting here today.
Dr Wan Azizah said the situation in Malaysia was still under control, and there was no need to create panic.
“In China, it has been categorised as an outbreak, but over here in our country, it is known as a cluster. I chaired a special meeting earlier on the virus detected in Wuhan, China, which has spread to 14 countries and with four positive cases in Malaysia.
“The disease is under control, so we do not want a panic situation it is under control,” she said. — Bernama