Govt launches COVID-19 fund to help patients and others affected

PUTRAJAYA, March 11 — The Perikatan Nasional (PN) government today launched a special fund which will give financial aid to those directly affected by the COVID-19 infection.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said for a start, RM1 million had been channelled into the fund to help COVID-19 patients and those under 14-day quarantine but not holding any jobs.

“We don’t want their lives to be affected. So, this is one type of humanitarian aid we are giving.

“If we can raise funds from the people, whatever we collect will be given to those eligible for the aid,” he told a press conference after chairing the first Cabinet meeting of the PN government at Perdana Putra here today.

Ministers who attended the meeting also contributed to the fund when the hat was passed around at the launch of the COVID-19 Fund after the press conference.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, at a ceremony at the Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) in Nilai, said individuals without fixed income or salary would be given the aid of RM100 a day during the quarantine period.

The fund, which is managed by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), covers those placed under 14-day home surveillance as well as COVID-19 patients being treated at hospitals.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia remained at 129 as of noon today.

— BERNAMA

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