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Malaysian PM to observe 14-day quarantine

Published : 22 May 2020, 20:53

  DF-Xinhua Report

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin leaves after the first parliament session since the change of government in March in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 18, 2020. File Xinhua.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will observe a 14-day home quarantine after an official who attended a recent meeting he chaired tested positive for COVID-19, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement on Friday.

"The prime minister has chaired a post cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday, May 20, 2020," the statement said, "One official present at the meeting has been tested COVID-19 positive."

"The prime minister has undergone COVID-19 screening and was found to be negative," the statement said, adding that Muhyiddin will still have to observe a 14-day home quarantine starting Friday.

All other officials who attended the meeting are instructed to be tested and to observe home quarantine for a period of 14 days, it said.

In March, Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and his wife underwent a 14-day quarantine after several palace employees were infected with COVID-19.

Malaysia reported 78 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, pushing the national total to 7,137, according to the Health Ministry.