Kuala Lampur, March 23 -- The government will be channelling an additional RM600 million to the Ministry of Health (MoH) to aid their fight to contain Covid-19, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today.

In a press conference which was broadcast live, he said that RM500 million would go to efforts to break the Covid-19 infection chain, which includes purchasing of additional ventilators, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) equipment, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical workers, as well as lab paraphernalia, to conduct Covid-19 testing.

"To hasten the purchase of these critical items, the government utilised the emergency procurement procedures," he said.

Another RM100 million would go towards the hiring of 2,000 contrac...