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HOUSTON - Armed with blankets and pillows, Texans wait in their cars for hours outside a testing centre in Houston, one of the new Covid-19 epicentres in the US.
"I've been here since three in the morning," said Maria Solis. The 22-year-old came to get tested for a second time, after her first test came back positive, prompting her to quarantine for 14 days.
In two weeks, the situation in Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, has sharply declined - as seen outside the United Memorial Medical Centre Tidwell, a hospital in a residential neighbourhood in north Houston.
"When I first got tested, there were no lines whatsoever and that was maybe two weeks ago," Solis said.
"I just went inside and it was maybe three cars, and now it's a big growing number. It's kind of scary."
The spread of the coronavirus in Texas has taken a "swift and very dangerous turn," according to Republican governor Greg Abbott.
Everyone is watching the rate of infection, which is currently at 14 per cent - double what it was at the beginning of June.
Concerns have become so great that Houston is often compared to New York city, which has three times as many residents, at the start of the pandemic.
Huge pick-up trucks and ordinary sedans - all the cars move one by one from the line through the white tents constructed in the hospital parking lot.
Some people came with their families, and more than one person has nodded off during the long wait.
Fernando Galvez, a medical student, joined the long line at 4:00 am.
After seven hours of waiting, he hopes that he can get tested this time, after multiple failed attempts over the past four days, despite his exhibiting symptoms - sore throat and chest tightness.
The first day he tried to get a test, he arrived at 6:30 am. "There was no chance," the 24-year-old said. "So here I am again." He's been volunteering in a medical clinic and thinks he might have caught Covid-19 while working there.
Similarly, Raquel Smith, 48, works in the medical field and hopes to get tested for the first time. Her bosses requested that she get a test.
She arrived before 4:00 am, she told reporters.
"I'm a frontline worker so this is just recommended now, because of the high increase now in cases here," the respiratory therapist said.
More than 125,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the US, by far the hardest-hit country in the world.
Some Houstonians think the spiking case numbers across the southern and western United States should serve as a national wake-up call.
Bent over his cell phone, Pedro Balderas, 39, also spent countless hours waiting in the line of cars. He thinks leaders should make wearing a mask - a source of heated debate across the country - mandatory.
"I think they'd help a whole lot," he said.
WASHINGTON - Twitch, the livestreaming platform, said on Monday (June 29) that it was suspending President Donald Trump's channel for "hateful conduct," in what appeared to be the first deliberate suspension of one of Mr Trump's social media accounts.
The site, which is owned by Amazon, said two recent streams on Mr Trump's channel violated its rules. One stream was of a rebroadcasted 2015 campaign event in which Trump made comments about Mexico sending drugs, crime and rapists over the border. The other was of his recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he talked about a "very tough hombre" breaking into a woman's house at 1am.
"Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch," a Twitch spokesman said in a statement. "In line with our policies, President Trump's channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed."
It was unclear how long the suspension would last.
With its move, Twitch went further than other social media platforms. In recent months, some tech companies have become more proactive in handling speech issues by Mr Trump and his supporters.
Twitter began adding labels to some of the president's tweets; Snap has said it will stop promoting Mr Trump's Snapchat account; and Reddit on Monday said it would ban "The-Donald" community, which had been a highly influential digital gathering place for Mr Trump's acolytes.
But unlike those efforts, Twitch directly clamped down on the president himself, temporarily shutting down his ability to post videos on a channel. The only other time Trump had one of his social media accounts suspended was by accident in 2017, when his Twitter account was unexpectedly disabled by a rogue contractor who was leaving Twitter that day.
One company that has maintained it does not want to police free speech is Facebook. Last week, the social network announced it would expand its hate speech policies and label posts from political figures who violate rules as "newsworthy." But the labels, which do not explain what is inaccurate or hateful about a post, fall short of what Twitter and other companies have done.
Twitch's suspension of Mr Trump comes as the platform, which is popular with gamers, is under fire for other instances of hateful rhetoric. Streamers have accused it of allowing racist and sexist comments to thrive unchecked, and the company said last week it would permanently suspend a handful of users after a torrent of sexual harassment and assault allegations rocked the video game industry.
Ms Cindy Otis, a disinformation expert and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, said Twitch's suspension of the president might pressure other companies to ratchet up their actions.
"You have to sort of wonder, if smaller platforms start taking more aggressive or harder action on what they consider harmful content or on the disinformation side - will that end up pressuring the larger platforms to do more as well?" Ms Otis asked.
But, she added, "if stuff gets removed from one platform, it simply migrates to another." The actions are likely to revive charges by conservatives that social media platforms are suppressing and censoring their speech. Prof Whitney Phillips, who researches disinformation at Syracuse University, said the moves were "definitely going to be weaponisable by people on the far right who can point to this" and say that online platforms were biased against conservatives.
Some backlash began on Monday after YouTube announced it was barring six channels for violating its hate speech policies, including one by Mr Stefan Molyneux, a podcaster and Internet commentator who has discussed his far-right politics. Far-right YouTubers quickly accused the Google-owned site of bias.
Mr Molyneux, who had nearly 1 million YouTube subscribers and more than 300 million video views on the platform since starting his channel more than a decade ago, said on Twitter that YouTube had "just suspended the largest philosophy conversation the world has ever known."
The Trump campaign did not directly address the actions by Twitch and Reddit on Monday. Mr Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for Trump's reelection campaign, said in a statement that people should download the Trump campaign app or text the campaign's automated number to "hear directly from the president."
Twitch is not one of Trump's top social media channels. His channel began streaming on the service in October, amassing more than 125,000 followers and 113 streams, compared with his more than 83 million followers on Twitter.
The platform did not address whether any of Trump's other past streams had violated its rules. It said it told Trump's campaign last year that it did not "make exceptions for political or newsworthy content" that violated its guidelines.
By Monday afternoon, the URL for Trump's Twitch channel displayed a message: "That content is unavailable."
PETALING JAYA - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the proposal to place his son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, as Deputy Prime Minister (II) did not come from him.
Instead, the former prime minister said Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng in their June 22 statement named Mukhriz to the position.
Dr Mahathir said he knew he would be criticised when Mukhriz was proposed for the position.
“I was in a conflicted position. When I was prime minister for the first time, I banned my son from politics, especially as a member of the governing party.
“I do not want to be accused of practising nepotism, giving my family privileges,” he said in his blog yesterday.
He said when he was no longer the prime minister, the responsibility of guarding his name no longer had to be shouldered by his children.
“They were free to enter politics. Whether or not they were successful depended on them. When Mukhriz’s name was proposed, I had no right to oppose because of my self-interest,” he said.
On Saturday, Dr Mahathir proposed Parti Warisan Negara chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as the Opposition’s candidate for prime minister, with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as deputy prime minister along with Mukhriz should Pakatan Plus win the next general election.
Pakatan Plus is the moniker for parties from the Opposition coalition and splinter group of Bersatu members supporting Dr Mahathir, and Parti Warisan Sabah.
The proposal was met with cynicism from politicians of both sides of the political divide.
PETALING JAYA - Independent shuttler Liew Daren revealed that if not for the Covid-19 pandemic he could have ended up in Singapore.
The 32-year-old said he had accepted an offer from the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) to help the team’s preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, which was initially slated for July 24-Aug 9 before it was rescheduled to next year.
Singapore’s rising stars Loh Kean Yew and Yeo Jia Min are on course to qualify for the Games.
They are currently in the top-38 cut in the Race to Tokyo qualifiers. Kean Yew is 16th while Jia Min is in 17th spot.
“Earlier this year, I received an invitation from them to help spar with their players from May to July. I could not commit for three straight months, so we settled for just May and July instead,” said world No. 41 Daren.
“It wasn’t a hard decision to accept the offer because it’s more like a joint-training session.
“As a professional, I’m free to train anywhere and I believe they provide better facilities too.
“It’s a win-win situation because I have good place to train and get to make some extra income.
“Unfortunately, the plan is on hold because of Covid-19, so I’m not sure if they would need me again for next year.”
Daren said he is open to any future offer from the SBA.
“If the time is right and the dates don’t clash with my tournament schedule, I don’t see why not,” he explained.
“It’s actually kind of an honour too, to be handed an opportunity to work with a national BA and help them prepare for a major competition. It’s surely a good experience.”
Hopes are high on Kean Yew, 22, and Jia Min, 21, to return home with a commendable result from Tokyo as both had enjoyed a remarkable season last year.
Kean Yew made heads turn when he downed two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan to bag his maiden World Tour title at the Thailand Masters in January.
The Penang-born lad would go on to reach three more finals – the Hyderabad Open, Russian Open and at the Philippines SEA Games where he lost to childhood rival Lee Zii Jia.
Jia Min also made waves after etching her name into the history books by becoming the first Singaporean to reach the quarter-finals at the World Championships in Basel, Switzerland.
Singapore’s best achievement in badminton at the Olympics was when Ronald Susilo reached the last eight in Athens 2004.
SEREMBAN - She has never met him in person but a 57-year-old widow was so smitten with the man's words that she readily gave him more than RM1.15 million (S$373,000) over an eight-month period.
The woman, a government servant, got to know the suspect, who is also 57, through a chat and dating app last September and within a short time, fell for his charm.
State commercial crime chief Supt Aibee Ab Ghani explained that the suspect slowly began asking the victim for money.
On Oct 23, the victim banked in RM3,300 into a bank account given by the suspect but which belonged to a woman.
Supt Aibee said the suspect continued to ask the victim for more money and told her to bank it into his friends' accounts claiming he was abroad.
The victim then transferred over RM1 million which belonged to her family into four bank accounts under the name of the same woman via several transactions.
Another RM120,000 was also banked into the account of a second woman and RM5,000 into a man's account.
"She continued banking in the cash till May 31 this year," Supt Aibee said.
"In total, she did 65 transactions involving RM1,156,050."
Supt Aibee said the victim only realised that she had been scammed when she failed to reach him after that.
The victim lodged a police report on June 26.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
WASHINGTON - US intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted their superiors as early as January to a suspected Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taleban to kill US troops in Afghanistan, according to officials briefed on the matter.
The crucial information that led the spies and commandos to focus on the bounties included the recovery of a large amount of American cash from a raid on a Taleban outpost that prompted suspicions. Interrogations of captured militants and criminals played a central role in making the intelligence community confident in its assessment that the Russians had offered and paid bounties in 2019, another official has said.
Armed with this information, military and intelligence officials have been reviewing US and other coalition combat casualties over the past 18 months to determine whether any were victims of the plot, and they believed at least one US troop death was the result of the bounties, two officials said.
Four Americans were killed in combat in early 2020, but the Taliban have not attacked US positions since a February agreement to end the long-running war in Afghanistan.
The details added to the picture of the classified intelligence assessment, which The New York Times reported last Friday (June 26) has been under discussion inside the Trump administration since at least March, and emerged as the White House confronted a growing chorus of criticism on Sunday (June 28) over its apparent failure to authorise a response to Russia.
Trump defended himself by denying the Times report that he had been briefed on the intelligence, expanding on a similar White House rebuttal a day earlier. But leading congressional Democrats and some Republicans demanded a response to Russia that, according to officials, the administration has yet to authorise.
The president "needs to immediately expose and handle this, and stop Russia's shadow war," Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote on Twitter.
Appearing on the ABC program "This Week," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had not been briefed on the intelligence assessment and had asked for an immediate report to Congress. She accused Trump of wanting "to ignore" any charges against Russia.
"Russia has never gotten over the humiliation they suffered in Afghanistan, and now they are taking it out on us, our troops," she said of the Soviet Union's bloody war there in the 1980s. "This is totally outrageous. You would think that the minute the president heard of it, he would want to know more instead of denying that he knew anything."
Spokesmen for the CIA, the Director of National Intelligence and the Pentagon declined to comment on the new findings. A National Security Council spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Though the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said Saturday that Trump had not been briefed about the intelligence report, one US official had told The Times that the report was briefed to the highest levels of the White House. Another said it was included in the President's Daily Brief, a compendium of foreign policy and national security intelligence compiled for Trump to read.
McEnany did not challenge The Times' reporting on the existence of the intelligence assessment, a National Security Council interagency meeting about it in late March and the White House's inaction. Multiple other news organisations also subsequently reported on the assessment.
The officials briefed on the matter said the assessment had been treated as a closely held secret but that the administration expanded briefings about it over the last week - including sharing information about it with the British government, whose forces were among those said to have been targeted.
In a statement in response to questions, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority leader, said he had long warned about Russia's work to undermine American interests in the Middle East and southwest Asia and noted that he wrote an amendment last year rebuking Trump's withdrawal of forces from Syria, where they are facing fighters for Islamic State, and Afghanistan.
"The United States needs to prioritise defence resources, maintain a sufficient regional military presence and continue to impose serious consequences on those who threaten us and our allies - like our strikes in Syria and Afghanistan against ISIS, the Taleban and Russian mercenary forces that threatened our partners," McConnell said.
Aides for other top Republicans either declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday.
, In addition to saying he was never "briefed or told" about the intelligence report - a formulation that went beyond the White House denial of any formal briefing - Trump also cast doubt on the assessment's credibility, which statements from his subordinates had not.
Specifically, he described the intelligence report as being about "so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians"; the report described bounties paid to Taleban militants by Russian military intelligence officers, not direct attacks. Trump also suggested that the developments could be a "hoax" and questioned whether The Times' sources - government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity - existed.
US officials said the Russian plot to pay bounties to Taleban fighters came into focus over the past several months after intelligence analysts and Special Operations forces put together key pieces of evidence.
One official said the seizure of a large amount of American cash at one Taleban site got "everybody's attention" in Afghanistan. It was not clear when the money was recovered.
Two officials said the information about the bounty hunting was "well-known" among the intelligence community in Afghanistan, including the CIA's chief of station and other top officials there, like the military commandos hunting the Taleban. The information was distributed in intelligence reports and highlighted in some of them.
The assessment was compiled and sent up the chain of command to senior military and intelligence officials, eventually landing at the highest levels of the White House. The Security Council meeting in March came at a delicate time, as the coronavirus pandemic was becoming a crisis and prompting shutdowns around the country.
A former US official said that the intelligence analyst who briefs the president and the national security adviser, Robert C. O'Brien, working with his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, would have been involved in any decision to brief Trump on Russia's activities. The director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, might have also weighed in, the former official said.
McEnany cited all three of those senior officials in her statement saying the president had not been briefed.
National security officials have tracked Russia's relationship with the Taleban for years and determined that Moscow has provided financial and material support to senior and regional Taleban leaders.
While Russia has at times cooperated with the US and appeared interested in Afghan stability, it often seems to work at crosscurrents with its own national interest if the result is damage to US national interests, said a former senior Trump White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive security assessments.
Revenge is also a factor in Russia's support for the Taleban, the official said. Russia has been keen to even the scales after a bloody confrontation in 2018 in Syria, when a massive US counterattack killed hundreds of Syrian forces along with Russian mercenaries nominally supported by the Kremlin.
"They are keeping a score sheet, and they want to punish us for that incident," the official said.
Russia and the Taleban have denied the US intelligence assessment.
MIAMI - John Delgado has slept in a tent in his backyard for 57 nights and counting.
As the inventory manager of Farm Share, an immense South Florida food bank, Mr Delgado, 51, finds himself holding his breath under his face-covering as he speaks to the many clients who come in without masks, for fear that coronavirus particles will seep through the fabric.
Because he interacts with the public every day, he sleeps outdoors to avoid contaminating his wife, ageing mother-in-law, three sons and grandson. At night, he sometimes peeks through the window to watch his wife sleep. By day, he does socially distanced yard work with his sons.
"I want to sleep in my house, sleep in my bed," he said. "I want to hug my wife, my children, grandson, and want to go out to the community not feeling like I'm in 'The Walking Dead,' where I'm going to be attacked by a zombie. I want to live. Right now, I don't feel like I'm living.
"How long is this going to be?"
Last Saturday (June 27), for the second straight day, Florida crushed its previous record for new coronavirus cases, reporting 9,585 infections. Another 8,530 were reported on Sunday.
The closest hospital to Mr Delgado's house in Homestead, 65km south of Miami, is nearing capacity as Covid-19 cases soar. The situation in Miami is equally serious: One-third of all patients admitted to the city's main public hospital over the past two weeks after going to the emergency room for car-crash injuries and other urgent problems have tested positive for Covid-19.
Six-hour lines formed in Jacksonville over the weekend as thousands of people flocked to get drive-through tests. Orlando has seen an explosion of coronavirus: nearly 60 per cent of all cases diagnosed in that county came in just the past two weeks.
Much of Florida's new surge in cases appears to follow from the reopening of beaches, bars, restaurants and other social activities. The state's beaches are full and throngs of revellers pack its waterways on boats.
Many people have had enough of staying inside, feeling trapped and scared. As fear subsided, coronavirus grew.
Florida now joins South Carolina and Nevada among the states that broke daily records over the weekend.
"I'm one of the people who contributed to the 9,000-person day," said Mr Ian Scott, a 19-year-old college sophomore in Orlando who tested positive last Friday. He has no idea how he got it.
Mr Scott said that for young people, getting tested has become an amusing pastime. They challenge one another to see who can get the nasal swab test without crying. About half of his fraternity has tested positive.
"We're seeing positive, positive, positive, positive," he said. "My generation says: 'Let's get this over with. Let's suck it up for two weeks, sit in our rooms, play video games, play with our phones, finish online classes, and it's over.'"
Mr Scott barely felt sick, and was fine by the time the test results came back. Patients like him could help account for the fact that while Florida's daily case count has increased fivefold in two weeks, the rate of deaths has not increased so far. State records show that hospitalisation rates have inched up but are not at crisis levels.
Governor Ron DeSantis said more Covid-19-related fatalities in the state had been people over 90 than people under 65.
The median age of new coronavirus patients is now 36, the Department of Health said.
"Those groups are much less at risk for very serious consequences," Mr DeSantis said of younger patients. But they can spread the virus to their older relatives and others who are medically vulnerable without even realising it, he stressed.
Officials have done little so far to halt public interactions. The mayor of one affluent Miami suburb implored residents this week to stop throwing house parties. Last Friday, state officials prohibited the sale of alcohol in bars. Miami-Dade and Broward counties chose to close their beaches for the busy Fourth of July weekend.
Mr DeSantis said the surge of new cases can be attributed to the huge number of tests results that are coming in each day. But he acknowledged that since the second week of June, the share of tests coming back positive has been creeping upward. That trend coincided with the reopening of the economy, and also the onset of recent street protests.
Statewide, about 20 per cent of people ages 25 to 34 are testing positive, he said at a news conference on Sunday.
He said the risk has also increased as temperatures outside rise and people seek relief in the air-conditioning.
"As it gets warmer in Florida, people want to beat the heat," he said. "They are more likely to do that indoors, in closed spaces. That is going to increase the risk of transmission of the coronavirus."
Florida public health experts worry that the surging case numbers will lead to a crush of hospitalisations and, eventually, of deaths.
"We know that there's a lag," said Prof Natalie Dean, an assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida.
Even though young people are less likely to have severe cases, the long-term consequences of Covid-19 infection among the young are still unknown, she said. "Some people do get pretty sick," she said. "Even what's classified as a mild disease, some people really get the wind knocked out of them for a week."
Ms Mariely Ferraro, 40, a heart-monitor technician who lives in Orlando, caught Covid-19 seven weeks ago and has been unable to shake it.
"I think the situation in Florida is scary," she said. "The numbers are climbing, and the numbers are scary. I wish there was a way that it could be explained. If there were 9,000 people in one day, are they symptomatic? Do they have fevers? Are they sick?"
Ms Ferraro's entire family caught the virus last month, but only she is still ill. Her 13- and 14-year-old daughters had very mild symptoms, losing their sense of taste and smell for a while.
"The whole age thing is - I don't want to say offensive - but it's untrue," she said. "Coronavirus is affecting everyone. People protesting the masks think it's fake. It's not fake. It sucks to wake up and you can't catch your breath, or to have a headache you can't get rid of, no matter how much Advil you take. It sucks to take a shower and fall down because you got dizzy."
Ms Shamarial Roberson, deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Health, said in an interview on Sunday that the state is monitoring hospital admissions and intensive care units' bed capacity and watching for problem areas.
One of them is an outbreak at a meatpacking facility in Suwannee County in northern Florida, she said.
"We are working to make sure that if we are seeing surges, that we're in communication with those hospital systems to ensure their capacity," she said. "I am keeping my eye on the entire state of Florida."
Ms Rose Castanon, 35, who works on the business side of a hospital chain in Orlando, tested positive on June 18, after her gym alerted her to a fellow customer who was infected.
"I know almost 10 people that have tested positive," she said. "All of our friends are freaking out, because it's getting a little too close to home now."
PETALING JAYA - A businessman with the title Datuk was among the seven men detained in connection with the kidnap and death of property developer Datuk Seri R. Arumugam.
Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Fadzil Ahmat said the victim knew the Datuk from past meetings.
"We are not ruling out the possibility of business rivalry being the motive behind the kidnapping," he said.
Asked whether the Datuk was the mastermind behind the plot, SAC Fadzil said it was still under investigation.
Sources said the Datuk detained had contested for a Selangor state seat during the 13th General Election.
It is learnt that another man claiming to be a lawyer was also among the seven suspects detained around Selangor on Friday and Saturday.
SAC Fadzil said two of the suspects were remanded until July 3, two until July 1 while two others until July 2 and another suspect until Tuesday.
The post-mortem on the victim's body, which was found on Saturday, would resume on Thursday, he added.
SAC Fadzil also called for the co-operation of the public to track down Sheikh Ismail Sheikh Hassan, nicknamed "EL", to assist with the investigation.
His last known address was Apartment Teratai, Bukit Beruntung, Rawang.
"Those with information are urged to call the nearest police station," he added.
On Saturday, the body of Arumugam, 55, was uncovered in the bushes of Jalan Rawang-Bestari Jaya at about 9am. He was abducted while jogging in Bandar Sri Damansara here on June 10.
Seven men, including a Bangladeshi, are detained in connection with the case. They are aged between 30 and 50.
According to the police, the suspects had demanded $50 million ransom from the victim's family but it was not paid.
One of the suspects led the police to the victim's body, which was already decomposing.
SAC Fadzil previously said the suspects claimed that the victim had died three or four days after he was kidnapped.
PETALING JAYA - An Ipoh-born nurse in Britain who made a "miraculous" recovery from Covid-19, has shared that he was in a coma for 43 days at one point.
Felix Khor, 68, was admitted to the Southend Hospital at the height of the lockdown in the United Kingdom and spent 43 days on a ventilator in the intensive care unit of the public hospital where he had worked for more than 15 years.
He was previously the hospital resuscitation officer but he voluntarily came out of retirement and returned to the hospital's emergency department to help other frontliners in their battle against the Covid-19.
"On the last day of March, I was working at the emergency department. There were a lot of people on that day.
"Suddenly, I felt very cold. So, I asked one of my colleagues to check my temperature and it was 38.4°C, which was quite high.
"He advised me to go home and self-isolate," he recounted in a phone interview.
Khor said he took paracetamol every six hours but his body temperature kept going up.
"The next day I had a consultant doctor do a check on me, including my heart rate. It was all right. However, the X-ray showed some changes in my lungs.
"The consultant doctor said that I could have contracted Covid-19, which at that point was a new disease, " he said, adding that he was told to go home and rest and take some medicine.
"On April 1, I felt very ill. I was rushed to the emergency department in an ambulance.
"By the time I reach the emergency room, I become drowsy and unconscious. They put me on a ventilator and I was in a coma for 43 days," he said.
When he woke up eventually, he felt slightly confused.
"And when I got gradually better, they sent me to the respiratory unit," he said.
Khor recounted that at one point, he could not even move an inch of his body as he was placed on ventilators.
"It is known that if somebody is put on a ventilator, they could lose about 40 per cent of their weight or muscle. I couldn't even move my hands and often experienced shortness of breath, " he said.
Khor struggled to speak more than two words at a time and would pause before he spoke to others.
"I needed two people to hold me so I could sit up. It was very frightening, frustrating and sad for me, " said Khor.
He admitted that he was feeling suicidal but it was not long before he managed to talk to a psychiatrist.
"I spent an hour talking to her and she told me I was thinking negatively. The psychiatrist said that although you can't move, you are recovering well.
"You need to always look at the positive side. Many others who are on ventilators did not survive or have less than 15 per cent chance of survival, " he said, recalling the conversation he had with the psychiatrist.
After that, Khor was determined to overcome all the challenges and to persevere to recover from his condition.
"I had to go through several physiotherapy sessions, where at first I had to learn how to move with two people holding me, then walk with two walking sticks, and later on without any stick, " he said.
He voiced his appreciation to those who had helped him.
"I'm incredibly grateful to all of the hospital staff who have helped keep, and for the huge love and support from colleagues and friends," he said.
News of his recovery was reported in the British media, including BBC, which pointed out that "up to 200 NHS (National Health Service) staff lined the hospital's main corridor to clap for him as he was wheeled out of intensive care". Khor was discharged from the hospital on June 1 and is now able to walk.
"I do struggle to walk up the stairs as my legs are still weak, but going down the stairs is fine.
"My friend installed some hand rails in the toilet to help me when I took my baths.
"I would like to get better soon but I understand that it will take some time to fully recover. Some people say it might take a year but it was a miracle that I am able to do it fast," said Khor.
A bachelor who came to the United Kingdom in 1973, Khor said he had been making annual trips to Malaysia to visit relatives.
For now, he intends to get back to gardening.
"I know half of my plants will be dead, but I'll start again, I love gardening. This year has just been my missing summer, but like me, my garden will flourish once again," he told BBC earlier.
PETALING JAYA - PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has shared two Malay proverbs that describe the lengths a parent is willing to go for his children.
The Facebook post, believed to be in response to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad proposal that his son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, for one of the top three government posts should the opposition win the next general election.
"We have not gone to school for a while, right? Let's revise the proverbs.
"1) Sebusuk-busuk daging dibasuh dimakan juga, sewangi-wangi tulang dibuang (As gamey as the meat smells, once washed and eaten, an aromatic bone is thrown away).
"2) Daun luruh melayang, buah luruh ke perdu (A falling leaf drifts away, but the fruit drops to the ground below the tree).
"The two proverbs have the same meaning – which is a father (or a mother) who prioritises his own children over others. It is no wonder a father is willing to use all possible means to ensure his beloved son gets anything he wants. That is the lesson today," Anwar's posted on Facebook on Sunday (June 28).
Anwar, who was the initial candidate for the ninth prime minister should Pakatan Harapan win the next general election, has been in open disagreement with Dr Mahathir who disagrees Anwar should be the next premier.
On Saturday (June 27), Dr Mahathir said that Pakatan Plus had proposed Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as the ninth prime minister.
He also said Anwar and Mukhriz were the proposed deputy prime ministers.
Pakatan Plus is the moniker for parties from the opposition coalition and the splinter group of Bersatu members supporting Dr Mahathir and Parti Warisan Sabah.