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Malaysia's Prime Minister Tests Negative for Coronavirus after scare

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, wearing a face mask has his body temperature checked by a security as he arrives at Kuala Lumpur high court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had a virus scare after an official at Wednesday’s post-cabinet meeting that he chaired was diagnosed with COVID-19.

The prime minister’s office said Muhyiddin, a cancer survivor, underwent a virus test Friday morning and was negative. But it said in a statement that Muhyiddin will observe a 14-day quarantine.

It said all other officials at the meeting have also been ordered to test for the virus and to quarantine themselves. The statement said strict health measures and social distancing were practiced in all meetings at the prime minister’s office.

Malaysia has reported over 7,000 infections and more than 100 deaths. The government has reopened most businesses, but still bans mass gatherings and inter-state travel.