Public events go virtual as Covid-19 cases rise

KUALA LUMPUR: Following the unprecedented spike in Covid-19 cases, most public events scheduled to take place tomorrow will see the withdrawal of some guest of honours.

Among them were Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah who told the New Straits Times that his session during the "Enhancing Digital Inclusion in the New Digital Era" event has been cancelled.

Likewise, Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said he would be attending meetings virtually from his residence.

"Last Saturday, I was at a meeting attended by the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) who had been diagnosed positive for Covid-19.

"As advised by the Health Ministry and Health director-general, I will be undergoing self-health monitoring at home, from where I will be performing my duties including attending meetings virtually," he posted on his Twitter handle today.

Meanwhile, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is expected to deliver his keynote address virtually at the Malaysian Digitalization Forum, here.

The same goes for Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Special Functions), Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusoff who was earlier scheduled to attend the closing ceremony of the forum.

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tunku Jaafar however is at Press time, expected to attend the TEKUN Financing Presentation Ceremony for PETEKMA Cooperative Taxi Drivers.

On Oct 5, Malaysia registered an all-time daily high of 432 new Covid-19 cases, of which 429 cases were local transmissions.

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs), Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri was tested positive for Covid-19 on the same day.

Following that, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had announced that he would be observing home quarantine, since he chaired the Special National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Oct 3, which was also attended by Zulkifli.

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