KUALA LUMPUR: The government temporarily suspends the entry of Chinese people from Wuhan city and Hubei province and its surrounding cities, following the spread of new coronaviruses spread to many countries, including Malaysia.
The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement this afternoon that all suspensions included Immigration facilities to Chinese citizens from the city, including visa-free, visa-on-arrival (VOA) facilities, e-visas and manual visas.
The statement said the immigration facility would be restored after normalcy.
“Based on the latest information, the government has decided to temporarily suspend all immigration facilities, namely eNTRY (visa-free facilities), visas on arrival, e-visas and manual visas to Chinese people from Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei region.
“The decision was made after taking into account the recent development of the 2019 (2019-nCoV) coronavirus infection cases in China, particularly in Hubei province and it is effective immediately,” the statement said.
The statement also stated that Wisma Putra would coordinate the implementation of this decision with the Chinese government.
“The government has complied with the World Health Organization (WHO) and has advised experts to deal with and prevent the spread from spreading widely.
“Monitoring has been done from time to time. Many parties are doing their best to prevent any transmission,” he said.
He said the government had also warned all parties not to disseminate information that was coronavirus-based or fraudulent information that could cause discomfort to the general public.