30 January 2020
Malaysian airport cleaning staff have been winning praise online for their hard work in keeping the Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) at bay.
Photos shared on the Facebook page Penang Kini show several workers clad in face masks and gloves as they tirelessly wipe down surfaces at what appears to be Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
Surfaces that come into regular contact with hands, including escalator handrails, trolley handles and signages, were seen being thoroughly disinfected by the cleaners in a bid to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus.
Facebook users have been leaving positive comments on the post and thanking the workers for their diligent and hardworking attitudes.
“You are all the country’s heroes. Thank you,” said Haniza Baharom.
“Salute! Not all heroes wear capes. Some have rags and disinfectants,” wrote Aiza Zainol.
Here are simple ways to prevent infection or transmitting it.
— KKMPutrajaya (@KKMPutrajaya) January 25, 2020
In light of the flu outbreak, the Health Ministry has advised citizens to practise good hygiene such as handwashing, covering the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, and wearing a face mask to reduce the risk of infection.
There are currently eight confirmed coronavirus patients in Malaysia.