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Sunday, August 9, 2009

H1N1 : Najib To Discuss Drastic Measures To Contain H1N1

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will discuss with Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai tomorrow on measures to be taken to contain the spread of Influenza A(H1N1).

Najib said he would obtain the views of the Health Ministry before taking any action.

"The ministry has a task force to deal with this. We will decide after the meeting," he told reporters after opening the Ampang Umno delegates' meeting today.

Expressing concern over the matter, Najib said, drastic measures, including cancelling meetings and gatherings, would be taken if this could help contain the disease.

"The problem is, we still need to gather... we need to hold meetings, and there are meetings by Umno and other parties; we also need to organise activities with the people.

"But if there is a need to take drastic actions, then we should go ahead with it. We cannot let this to go on," he said.

Eight more people died of the disease today, bringing the death toll to 26.

There are 202 new cases detected overnight, all of which are local transmissions.

Meanwhile, asked on the reported shooting of terror suspect Noordin Mohammad Top by Indonesian police yesterday, Najib said he was waiting for confirmation on the matter.

Noordin, who was blamed for a series of bombing incidents in Indonesia including on the J.W. Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels in Jakarta last month, was reportedly shot dead during a shootout with Indonesian police in Central Java.

The Indonesian authorities were carrying out DNA tests on the body.

Najib said he did not want to conclude anything before the DNA test was completed.

-- BERNAMA

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