Malaysia’s virus tally passes 4,000 but recoveries top new cases Apr 09, 2020 0 401 12345 DPAKuala LumpurFor 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. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India sees biggest jump in COVID-19 cases, debate on ending lockdown Apr 09, 2020 0 722 Joy, relief as thousands leave China’s Wuhan Apr 09, 2020 0 363 Putin orders bonuses for ‘frontline’ Russia virus medics Apr 09, 2020 0 132 Philippines slams provocative acts in disputed seas amid pandemic DPA Manila The Philippines on Wednesday called on claimants to the disputed South China Sea to avoid any provacative actions that would raise tensions in the area as the region and the world struggles to cope with the .. Killer of Bangladesh’s founding leader faces execution 45 years on AFP Dhaka A Bangladesh military captain arrested after nearly 25 years on the run over the assassination of the country’s founding leader will be executed, officials said on Wednesday. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of .. Indonesian ferry passengers jump ship in panic over coronavirus Jakarta Several passengers travelling on a ferry jumped into the sea and swam ashore off Indonesia’s Flores island after three people on board showed symptoms of the new coronavirus, an official said on Wednesday. The .. South Korea halts visa waivers for countries with bans on nationals DPA Seoul South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Wednesday temporarily suspended visa-free entry and visa waiver programmes with countries imposing entry bans on its nationals, Yonhap news agency .. After ripping through Vanuatu, Cyclone Harold lashes Fiji DPA Canberra Cyclone Harold lashed the Pacific Island state of Fiji on Wednesday, just days after it ripped through Vanuatu. The category 4 tropical cyclone has damaged homes and caused widespread flooding across .. Bangladesh locks down Rohingya refugees’ district amid pandemic Dhaka Bangladesh has imposed a lockdown in a southern district that hosts more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims in an attempt to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in the crowded refugee camps, officials said on .. Hong Kong extends measures to stop surge in COVID-19 cases Hong Kong Hong Kong will extend measures prohibiting public gatherings of more than four people across some industries and two additional business sectors, the government said in a statement on Wednesday. Hong Kong ..