Wear face mask or face RM1,000 fine

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KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 2): Beginning yesterday, Aug 1, wearing a face mask, especially in crowded areas and places as well as on public transport, has been made compulsory by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19.

With effect to that, most people can be said to abide by the latest regulation, or risk being slapped with a RM1,000 fine under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 if they are caught not wearing it.

Observation by Bernama at several locations in the federal capital yesterday found that the people had "disciplined" themselves to donning face masks, especially at crowded areas or places, as soon as they got out of their vehicles.

Face masks can now be categorised as the most important "shield" in facing Covid-19, apart from observing physical distancing.

Apart from always ensuring there face masks available inside vehicles, carrying hand sanitisers has also become a new normal in the society.

According to Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the use of face masks should be coupled with regular handwashing and maintaining safe physical distancing of at least 1m to avoid Covid-19 infections.

He said there are two types of face masks that can be used to prevent the spread of Covid-19, namely the medical and non-medical ones.

Medical face masks such as the three-ply surgical face mask are used by health workers, the general public with respiratory symptoms, high-risk groups such as the elderly (those aged 60 and above), and people with chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, he added.