Thaipusam celebrations will proceed on Feb 8, unless there are directives from the World Health Organisation (WHO) against it, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has assured, amid the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak.

"We will see how the situation is. If WHO says we are not allowed to have big gatherings, then we will issue statements or directives," the deputy prime minister told a press conference after visiting the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre in Putrajaya yesterday.

Wan Azizah was commenting when asked whether the governmnent intends to restrict Thaipusam celebrations in Batu, where millions of locals and foreign tourists alike are expected to converge, in the midst of the outbreak.

There have been certain posts on social media claiming that the religious celebrations have been, or will be cancelled, due to the health scare.

According to her, the 2019-nCov, which is also known as Wuhan virus, after the city it originated from, in China, is still under control in Malaysia.

Wan Azizah further cautioned people against spreading fake news regarding the situation.

Health authorities today confirmed the eighth coronavirus case in Malaysia, all involving China nationals.

Globally, there are 7,711 confirmed cases of infections, with 170 fatalities, and counting.

Putrajaya has slapped a ban on people from China's Hubei province, and its capital Wuhan, from entering the country.

At the same time, the government will also try to bring home 78 Malaysians who are stuck at the city, which has been put on a lockdown, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said.

Source: The Star
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