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Malaysian Queen has been cooking for hospital workers taking care of Covid-19 patients

The Independent logo The Independent 30/03/2020 Anna Maria Romero

Malaysia's new King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah attend a welcoming ceremony at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January 31, 2019. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

Malaysia's new King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah attend a welcoming ceremony at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January 31, 2019. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin
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Kuala Lumpur — The King and Queen of Malaysia are now under quarantine after seven members of the palace staff tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday (March 24).

Before that, however, the Queen, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, had been using her culinary skills to cook for hospital workers taking care of Covid-19 patients.

Malaysia has 2,470 individuals who are positive for the virus, the highest number of any country in South-east Asia. Thirty-five people have died so far.

The Queen, who is known to have a love for cooking and baking, started posting on March 21 that she was preparing food for various hospitals.

She posted a photo of a vegetable dish on her Instagram account that she cooked for the doctors, nurses and staff of the Sungei Buloh Hospital.

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A post shared by SPB Raja Permaisuri Agong (@airtangan_tunkuazizah) on Mar 20, 2020 at 10:11pm PDT

On the same day, she posted about a dish of rice and fish. “The least i could do ….. for the govt servants sacrificing their lives ….. i salute them.”

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The next day, she posted a photo of another dish of Javanese vegetables, egg curry, turmeric fried chicken. This was for the Kuala Lumpur Hospital and the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre.

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A post shared by SPB Raja Permaisuri Agong (@airtangan_tunkuazizah) on Mar 21, 2020 at 9:28pm PDT

The following day, she made chocolate chip mini cupcakes.

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A post shared by SPB Raja Permaisuri Agong (@airtangan_tunkuazizah) on Mar 22, 2020 at 9:18am PDT

On March 23, she made more food for delivery to the Sg Buloh Hospital and CPRC.  

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A post shared by SPB Raja Permaisuri Agong (@airtangan_tunkuazizah) on Mar 23, 2020 at 9:31pm PDT

The Queen has received many messages of thanks for her culinary efforts, as well as her determination to lighten the load of the frontline workers.

After the seven palace staff were hospitalised for Covid-19 on March 24, everyone in the palace was placed under quarantine for two weeks. Deep cleaning was also carried out at the premises. 

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Both the King, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, and the Queen were tested for Covid-19 and both received negative results. They are also under quarantine.

Malaysia was placed under a two-week lockdown from March 18 to March 31 because of Covid-19 but this was later extended to April 14 following a sudden spike in cases on March 25. 

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