Malaysia’s daily increase in Covid-19 cases drops below 100 – dpa international

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Empty streets in Kuala Lumpur during Malaysia's Covid-19 lockdown (Simon Roughneen)

Empty streets in Kuala Lumpur during Malaysia’s Covid-19 lockdown (Simon Roughneen)

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health reported on Wednesday that new cases of Covid-19 dropped below 100 for the first day since March 14.

Eighty-five new cases of Covid-19 were reported by the ministry, taking Malaysia’s total to 5,072. Eighty-three people have died in the country after being infected.

After 169 people who had previously contracted Covid-19 were discharged from hospital on Wednesday, Malaysia’s total recoveries increased to 2,647, or 52 per cent of all Covid-19 cases reported since the first positive diagnosis on January 25.

Malaysia remains in lockdown, with borders closed and people told to stay at home unless shopping for essentials or commuting to work, though many business remain closed.

The lockdown was imposed on March 18 after Covid-19 cases spiked from 129 to 790 over the previous week. The restrictions, which are enforced by police and army checkpoints, will remain in place until April 28.

Malaysia’s police stated on Wednesday that almost 15,000 people have been arrested for alleged breaches of the lockdown, with over 5,000 cases gone to court.

Health Ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said during a Wednesday evening press conference that the lockdown appears to be working. “We think we can bring down the cases,” he said.

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