1,100 virus lockdown arrests as Malaysian infections pass 2,600 Mar 31, 2020 0 445 12345 DPAKuala LumpurMalaysian police have arrested at least 1,100 people for violating a lockdown aimed at curbing a recent spike in the number of coronavirus cases.At 2,626 confirmed infections, Malaysia has the highest national total in South-East Asia.During a Monday press conference, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that 828 people were arrested on Sunday for breaching movement restrictions imposed on March 18.Police had earlier announced over 300 arrests for alleged violations such as jogging and playing football. One suspect, a 61-year-old cardiologist, told police that running should be permitted for health reasons. A video of the encounter went viral on Malaysian social media last week. The suspect pleaded not guilty in court on Monday.Giving notice of further restrictions aimed at halting the spread of Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus pandemic that has killed about 35,000 worldwide, Ismail said shops will reduce operating hours from Wednesday.“All supermarkets or any premises selling essential items shall observe the new operation hours, which [are] from 8am to 8pm,” the minister said. The lockdown in Malaysia includes closing borders and most businesses. The government has repeatedly warned people to stay at home unless venturing out to shops, markets, pharmacies or other purveyors of essential goods.Restaurants are permitted to operate, but only as take-away or delivery outlets.Though some taxis still ply their trade, and employees in permitted sectors such as banks and utilities drive to and from work, most of Kuala Lumpur’s sparse traffic is comprised of food delivery couriers.Ismail used his Monday press conference to dispense some “social distancing” counsel, suggesting that couriers should leave deliveries at customers’ doors.“We should try to avoid contact with other people, in order to reduce the chances of spreading the virus,” he said.On Monday evening the Health Ministry said that two more people had died after contracting Covid-19, taking Malaysia’s death toll to 37. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India reels from migrant workers’ COVID-19 exodus Mar 31, 2020 0 408 Moscow begins lockdown during tougher push to curb virus Mar 31, 2020 0 53 Too early to tell if virus lockdown effective: Philippine minister Mar 31, 2020 0 202 India has no plans to extend lockdown as COVID-19 cases top 1,000 New Delhi The overall number of COVID-19 cases in India crossed the 1,000 mark on Monday, even as the government said there were no plans to prolong the three-week nationwide lockdown. The total number of positive cases .. Three men jailed in Hong Kong for breaching quarantine Hong Kong Three men were sentenced to imprisonment on Monday for violating Hong Kong’s compulsory quarantine measures. A 31-year-old man was given a three-month custodial sentence for giving regulatory officials a .. Pakistan court halts prisoners release amid COVID-19 fears in jails Islamabad Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday halted a release of prisoners, ignoring fears that overcrowded jail might become a new breeding ground for the spread of coronavirus. A five-judge bench in the capital, .. COVID-19 passengers from German cruise ship to remain in Australia DPA Canberra Forty-one passengers and crew members who caught the coronavirus on board a German cruise ship have stayed in Australia, while 844 apparently healthy people were flown out in four charter flights .. North Korea slams Pompeo and says will ‘walk our way’ AFP Seoul North Korea on Monday warned it could cut off dialogue with the United States and slammed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for urging the international community to maintain sanctions on its regime. Pompeo last .. Wuhan’s virus ground-zero market hides in plain sight AFP Wuhan, China In the Chinese city of Wuhan, the wet market that spawned the pandemic which has brought the world to its knees now slumbers quietly behind a tidy-looking blue-and-white partition. But there are ample ..