Malaysians working or residing in Singapore have been urged by the Malaysian High Commissioner to the republic to follow the government's guidelines, in preventing the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (now officially named COVID-19, by the World Health Organization).

According to Bernama, Datuk Zainol Rahim Zainuddin has also advised them to continue taking care of their health, with Singapore having raised its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level to orange last Friday (7 February).

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In a Facebook post on Monday (10 February), this demographic of Malaysians were also encouraged to register with the High Commission of Malaysia, Singapore, to remain contactable or have a family member contactable in the event of an emergency.

In similar updates, both Malaysia and Singapore's health ministries have announced that a joint working group will be established, to further enhance cooperation to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.

Following a video conference held between both ministers yesterday (11 February), Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah Director-General of Health, Ministry of Health, Malaysia said on Facebook that the focus of this bilateral cooperation will cover the following:

  • Information sharing in the areas of public health, medicine, and research, to ensure the transmission of the virus infection is effectively addressed;
  • Cross-border case screening and management between Malaysia and Singapore;
  • Standardised indication for antiviral drug use in patients who have tested positive.
  • Points-of-contact from both health ministries will also be identified, to facilitate effective communication of case management and close contact detection.
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