Malaysia’s virus tally passes 4,000 but recoveries top new cases – dpa international

Empty streets around the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur (Simon Roughneen)

Empty streets around the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur (Simon Roughneen)

KUALA LUMPUR — For the second day this week, Malaysia’s reported recoveries from the new coronavirus have exceeded the number of new cases.

The Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday evening that 166 coronavirus patients had been discharged from hospital over the 24 hours up to noon the same day.

The ministry stated that 156 new cases of Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, were diagnosed over the same period.

Wednesday’s new recoveries take the total to 1,487 out of 4,119 cases confirmed since the first was announced on January 25. 236 recoveries were announced on Monday, which was a daily record.

However Wednesday’s new cases mean Malaysia is the the first country in South-east Asia to report more than 4,000 coronavrus infections. Testing rates are lower in neighbouring countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines, both of which have much bigger populations than Malaysia.

Sixty-five people have died in Malaysia after contracting Covid-19, according to Health Ministry figures.

Malaysia’s rising recovery numbers come ahead of a Friday government decision on extending a month-long lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the pandemic.

A rise in the number of small, new “clusters” of cases of unclear origin is a cause for concern, Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said during a Wednesday press conference.

“They are all around the country, that’s why we haven’t been able to pick them up, to trace their contacts,” he said.

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