Malaysia’s King and Queen placed under quarantine


Malaysia’s King and Queen are currently under quarantine after seven staff members from the national palace tested positive for coronavirus, reported national news agency Bernama on Thursday.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadli Shamsuddin said Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin and his wife Tuanku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah have tested negative for the virus.

However, they decided to go on self-quarantine for 14 days, beginning Wednesday, said Ahmad Fadli.

As for the seven workers, Ahmad Fadli said they are in stable condition.

News portal Malaysiakini reported health ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah as saying the ministry is investigating how the seven got infected.

Malaysia currently has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia.

The number of infections grew by another 172 on Wednesday to 1,796, more than double the 673 tally just a week ago. Deaths have climbed from two to 21 in the same period.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has initiated restricted movement curbs to stem the rising number of infections.

Initially, the curbs were be in place until March 31, but they have since been extended to April 14.

THE STRAITS TIMES (SINGAPORE)/ASIA NEWS NETWORK