Mirians told to stay calm

By Jack Lapidus

PARENTS in Miri have been advised not to panic in light of the first reported positive Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) case at its neighboring country, Brunei on Monday.

Though the disease is infectious, Miri MP Dr Michael Teo Yu Kheng said the infection rate among children is negligible, Borneo Post reported.

“Older people are more vulnerable due to a lower immune system. Covid-19 is similar to H1N1 where older people are vulnerable,” he said,

He advised Mirians to keep calm, be on the alert for any development on Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) while also practise good personal hygiene at all times.

“We must remain alert but calm in facing this development. I would like to advise the public to avoid shaking hands and wash their hands properly and frequently as a precaution,” he said.

Brunei’s first positive case involved a 53-year-old man who went to Kuala Lumpur with three others on Feb 27.

The Ministry of Health in a statement yesterday said the patient and his friends returned home on March 3 via AirAsia flight AK5651 to Miri.

He also made a day trip to Miri on March 6.

As of March 10, there are a total of 129 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Malaysia.

To date, Sarawak has no confirmed cases.

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