Malaysia recorded the number of deaths in the first day of the serviceMedical staff take samples for testing fluid COVID-19 for people in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. (Photo: THX / TTXVN)

The VNA correspondent in Kuala Lumpur citing Malaysia’s Ministry of Health said that on February 8, the country recorded the highest number of deaths caused by COVID-19 in the day since the beginning of the epidemic with 24 cases, bringing the total number of cases without passing. out of 896 people.

On the same day, Malaysia recorded an additional 3,100 people positive for the SARS-Cov-2 virus, bringing the total number of infections to 245,552.

Currently, Malaysia has 51,977 cases being treated in hospitals and isolation centers.

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According to Dr. Ummirul Mukmimin Kahar at Malaysia Genetic Research Institute, Malaysia National Institute of Biotechnology (NIBM), it takes 1 year to achieve community immunity to SARS-Cov-2 virus through the Plan. Country of Vaccination COVID-19.

This scientist thinks that to achieve community immunity, 80% of Malaysia’s population needs to be vaccinated.

The Southeast Asian country will receive the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine batch by the end of February, and frontline workers will be the first to be vaccinated.

The vaccination plan will be divided into three phases and will run until February 2022. He said the vaccination will be carried out in 600 immunization centers nationwide under the supervision of the Ministry of Health, hospitals and universities.

In addition to Pfizer / BioNTech products, the National Drug Administration (NPRA) of Malaysia’s Ministry of Health has approved vaccines produced by AstraZeneca / University of Oxford, Sinovac Biotech, and Gamaleya Research Institute.

Current phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial program Malaysia has been deployed since January 21.

The country’s Ministry of Health said 990 volunteers have agreed to participate, 208 of whom have received the first dose of the vaccine or a placebo and are continuing to seek out more volunteers.

On the same day of February 8, the Indonesian government decided to extend the entry ban for foreign tourists for another 2 weeks, to February 22, in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic continuing to spread.

“In principle, all foreigners are still banned from entering Indonesia,” said Wiku Adisasmito, spokesman at the National Task Force against COVID-19, speaking at a press conference.

However, the exceptions include long-term residents, people from countries that have a travel corridor agreement with Indonesia, and people with special authorization from Indonesian ministries or agencies are still allowed to enter. But medical procedures should be applied, including a 5-day quarantine period.

Adisasmito said government officials at ministerial or higher level holding official or diplomatic passports, as well as heads of foreign missions in Indonesia and their families, were not quarantined.

In December 2020, the Government Indonesia Foreigners were banned from entry, except for ministry officials and permanent residents, after the emergence of new more contagious variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Also at the press conference, the Minister of Economic Coordination Airlangga Hartarto said that during the Lunar New Year and the weekend from February 12-14, officials, civil servants, soldiers and police will be banned. away from the cities.

On February 8, Indonesia recorded an additional 8,242 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of people infected in this country to 1,652,958 cases, the highest in Southeast Asia, of which 31,763 deaths.

Manh Tuan-Huu Chien (VNA / Vietnam +)