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Those refusing to wear face mask may be jailed

PETALING JAYA – The government is considering on imposing  a fine or jail time for those people who refuse to wear face mask once it becomes mandatory in public places.

once it becomes mandatory in public places.

According to Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, as the number of infections begins to increase to an alarming rate for the third straight day on Tuesday (July 21), If wearing of the mask were made mandatory under the the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act, the government may arrest or fine those who will violate the law.

Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry is encouraging to strictly observed the use of face mask especially in public areas and high risk place where its difficult to practice social distancing.

The health ministry warned the public that once its made mandatory, offenders could face RM1,000 (S$324) or imprisonment.

According to recent studies, wearing of facemask could reduced the possible transmission by up to 70%

15 new infections were recorded where four of the cases involves one foreigner and three Malaysians. Nine out of 10 locals cases came from Sarawak. There were no recorded deaths as of Wednesday. The number of fatalities remains at 123.

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