Coronavirus pandemic-related news

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Etiqa Insurance & Takaful

Etiqa Insurance & Takaful contributed RM1 million for the purchase of ventilators through Medical Relief Society Malaysia (Mercy Malaysia) to ease the impending shortage faced by designated hospitals tasked with responding to Covid-19 cases around the country.

The company said an additional RM1 million has been donated to Mercy Malaysia’s Pandemic Fund to support strategic preparedness and response plan to the virus.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is providing food for people in need in Kuala Lumpur, with the recent contribution totalling over 340kg of surplus food.

The recent Movement Control Order (MCO) provided the centre with a large amount of fresh produce and surplus food which was donated to the Food Aid Foundation to help feed the hungry.

Its deputy GM John Burke said: “This global concern has presented all of us with unique challenges. And in such times, it is imperative to come together as a community and think about what we can do to help and be considerate towards each other.”

PLUS Malaysia Bhd during Media Briefing 4th Lane Widening at Persada PLUS Subang

Plus Malaysia

Plus Malaysia Bhd’s closed-toll radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems launch planned for April 1, 2020, will be postponed due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The highway operator said all testing and progressive works have been halted due to the MCO.

All work to fully complete RFID readiness on Plus-operated highways will resume once the MCO is lifted.



Foodpanda Malaysia Sdn Bhd has put in place health and safety measures for its delivery partners including communications and information-sharing strategy to ensure they are effectively informed.

The company has also implemented measures and recommendations to its delivery partners including to wear a mask if possible during shifts, to regularly wash their hands with water and soap, to use hand sanitiser before and after each delivery shift, to staple the paper bags and securely close the lids of food containers and to sterilise their delivery bags or thermal bags.

Delivery partners, who show signs of illness, should seek assistance from doctors immediately. It has been distributing masks, gloves and hand sanitisers for free.


The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) has launched the Musa’adah Covid-19 fund as an initiative to help ease the burden of those who are adversely affected by the outbreak. Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri said contribution could be made through Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd’s account (16027010001528) under the name of “Tabung Bencana Alam” with reference to “Derma Covid-19”. He said the fund will be utilised to help those affected, especially civil servants and Jakim cadre officers who work in hospitals during the MCO.

Shelter for the Homeless

Homeless people around the capital will be housed at specific locations to prevent them from wandering during the MCO period.

Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said for the short term, they will be placed at the Jalan Pahang Homeless Transit Centre, which can accommodate up to 150 people, and at Anjung Singgah, which can take in about 70 people.


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