Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
What is COVID-19?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) first learned of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (SARS-CoV-2) on 31 December 2019, following a report of a cluster of cases of viral pneumonia in Wuhan, China.
Symptoms of COVID-19
- Dry cough
- Loss of taste or smell
- Nasal congestion
- Sore throat
- Muscle or joint pain
- Different types of skin rash
- Nausea or vomiting
- Chills or dizziness
Symptoms of severe COVID‐19 disease include:
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- High temperature – Above 38 °C
Other less common symptoms are:
- Reduced consciousness
- Sleep disorders
- More severe and rare neurological complications such as strokes, brain inflammation, delirium and nerve damage
Vulnerable and high-risk groups
People aged 60 years and over, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart and lung problems, diabetes, obesity or cancer, are at higher risk of developing serious illness.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19
- Maintain at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others.
- Make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people.
- Avoid the 3Cs: spaces that are closed, crowded or involve close contact.
- Don’t forget the basics of good hygiene: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands; Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze; and clean and disinfect surfaces frequently especially those which are regularly touched.
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle: Staying physically active, healthy diet, and quitting tobacco.
Travelling to Malaysia
To curb the spread of Covid19, the Malaysian Government has announced a Movement Control Order (MCO) under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).
For information on the guide to enter Malaysia during the MCO, please visit the Immigration Department of Malaysia‘s website.
List of activities that are not allowed based on the justification issued by the Ministry of Health Malaysia
- Challenge of controlling a big crowd situation.
- Droplet exposure risk.
- Challenge of behaviour control.
- Close contact risk from being too long in one place.
- Being too long in a confined space.
Activities and Protocols: New normal:
- Physical distancing
- Physical distancing at least 1 meter.
- No physical touch such as no handshake policy.
- Avoid crowded places.
- Use of face mask
- Wash hands often with water/ soap or hand sanitizer.
- Comply with Government instructions and advice related to travel abroad.
- Comply with guidelines set by Ministries and Agencies related to sports, leisure and recreational activities, religious, social, cultural, educational, tourism, economic, transportation and agricultural activities.
- Comply with the guidelines set by the Ministry and Agencies related to buying and selling activities.
- Health advice
- If you have a fever, cough, sore throat, flu or shortness of breath, seek treatment at a nearby hospital or clinic.
- Children and the elderly are not encouraged to be in public places and facilities except for essential needs only.
- Practising 3W (Wash, Warn & Wear).
- Use of MySejahtera, an application developed by the Government of Malaysia to assist in monitoring COVID-19 outbreak.
MySejahtera can be downloaded from the following digital distribution platforms.
Travelling to Sarawak
The Sarawak government has implemented strict procedures and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to enter the State, whether entering Sarawak from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Labuan and overseas. The Protection of Public Health Ordinance, 1999 is the state law to consolidate the law relating to public health in Sarawak and to make better provisions in relation thereto.
For all the details, please visit the State Disaster Management Committee‘s website.
For the latest information related to COVID-19 in Malaysia, please visit the following websites:
- Ministry Of Health, Malaysia
- Malaysian National Security Council
- State Disaster Management Committee (for Sarawak)