The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed that there have been two COVID-19 related deaths today.
The deaths are the first to ever be recorded in the country relating to the disease.
In a statement, MOH said that the first death was a 34-year-old man who attended the tabligh event at the Sri Petaling mosque recently.
The second death was a 60-year-old pastor from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kuching, Sarawak.
On the case in Sarawak, local officials said that the State Health Department were still in the process of identifying the source of his infection.
"Meanwhile, 193 close contacts of the deceased have been traced and are undergoing home quarantine," said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee in a statement.
The pastor passed away at 11am at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).
Don't panic and focus on the facts
While it is alarming that the country records it's first COVID-19 related death, the public should remain calm and understand the facts pertaining to the disease.
According to data by the World Health Organization (WHO), 80% of COVID-19 infections are mild or asymptomatic (this means that even after being infected, the person may not suffer from any symptoms of the disease).
A total of 15% will experience severe infection which requires oxygen and only 5% of those who contract COVID-19 will experience a critical infection which will require ventilation.
WHO says that the groups who are most at risk are children, pregnant women, elderly and those with underlying chronic medical conditions.
Follow the directives under the Movement Control Order
The movement control order which was announced by the Prime Minister on Monday is possibly the country's best way of fighting back against COVID-19.
Follow the recommendations made and you could help stop the disease from spreading further in the community.
The Movement Control Order includes:
*Banning all social gatherings.
*Not allowing travel abroad for Malaysians.
*Restriction of foreign tourists from entering the country
*Kindergartens, schools, colleges and universities to be closed.
*All government and private offices (except essential services) to be closed.
*All shops except for those dealing with daily essentials to be closed.
*Those returning from overseas to pratice self quarantine.
Of course, the whole idea is to practive social distancing and this means that you should isolate yourself as much as possible and refrain from carrying the disease and spreading it along.
Still not sure about COVID-19? We've got a whole article on the basics that include it's symptoms, how it spreads, how you can protect yourself and more.
Still got questions on COVID-19?
The Ministry of Health has a dedicated channel for those seeking information on COVID-19 related matters.
The public have been urged to contact the National Crisis Preparedness And Response Centre (CPRC) Infoline at 03-88810200 / 03-88810600 / 03-88810700.
Alternatively, you can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most importantly, don't panic, be responsible, act with care and we can get through this together.