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Philippines and Indonesia Top 2 in coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia; India has over four million cases
By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — FILIPINOS banned in Malaysia from entering.
If you are returning to Malaysia, you should know this before booking a ticket, else it would be in vain.
The ban which takes effect on Monday, September 7, 2020, also includes citizens from Indonesia and India. Philippines and Indonesia are in Southeast Asia; India in South Asia.
Malaysia has 9,354 coronavirus cases with 128 fatalities according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
In a report by The Bangkok Post of Thailand, it was learned that covered by the ban due to massive coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the three Asian countries are those with long-term passes.
Others in the entry ban are students, expatriates, permanent residents, including Malaysians’ family members.
Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the ban last Tuesday.
Earlier, the Muslim country already stopped the entry of all tourists from abroad starting in March.
The JHU Dashboard for the global cases of the coronavirus as of September 2 now total more than 25.66 million with 855,578 fatalities in 188 countries and regions.
JHU’s tally show in Southeast Asia the Philippines has a total of 224,264 confirmed infections which put it a the top followed by Indonesia, 177,571 cases. A total of 3,597 Filipinos succumbed to the virus; Indonesia registered 7,505 fatalities.
In South Asia, India has over 3.691 million cases and 65,288 souls the coronavirus claimed.
Meanwhile, the The New York Times’s Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker showed there 23 vaccines still on Phase 1 (testing safety and dosage); Phase 2, 14 (expanded safety trials); Phase 3, nine (large-scale efficacy tests); Limited (approved for early or limited use); none approved yet for full use.
Various governments have teamed up with pharmaceutical firms to develop a Covid-19 vaccine or cure.
Experts have said in the absence of a proven vaccine against the novel coronavirus, wearing masks, washing of hands, and social distancing remain the three vital ways to prevent the transmission and spread the SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19.
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