|Pedestrians wearing face mask cross a junction in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Jun 7, 2020. (Photo by=AP/Vincent Thian)|
[아시아뉴스통신=레악카나 기자] Malaysia reported nine new COVID-19 infections on Saturday (Aug 1), with seven of them imported cases after the government forced residents in Malaysia to wear face masks in crowded public places starting Saturday. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 8,985, of which 213 are active cases.
According to a Bernama report, people have generally complied with this directive. A ruling for the mandatory use of face masks in crowded public places and on public transportation came into effect in Malaysia on Saturday (Aug 1).Those caught not wearing masks may face a RM1,000 (US$235) fine, Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob had said when he announced the measure. Some shoppers said they feel safer with face masks. "I follow all the recommendations set by the government such as washing my hands (with soap) and bathing before gathering with my family," said salesman M Sri Mathavan.
"What the government is doing is right, I will definitely comply (with the government's directives) because I cannot afford to pay the fine. I take at least three face masks with me daily when I go out."