Malaysia reports record tourism decline since pandemic started Sep 24, 2021 0 0 12345 dpa Bangkok Tourism arrivals to Malaysia fell by a record of over 83 percent last year, according to official data released on Thursday.The Statistics Department said 4.3 million people visited the country in 2020, almost all of them landing in the first three months of the year, before the government announced a lockdown and border closure as the pandemic spread.Tourism industry representatives this week warned the government that the once-booming sector faces “total” collapse due to restrictions.Malaysia welcomed over 26 million tourists in 2019, official data show.Malaysia has kept its border shut since March 2020 and has maintained strict domestic pandemic rules.Home Minister Hamzah Zainuddin said on Wednesday that 56 politicians had been arrested since Malaysia first began imposing restrictions, with 22 fines issued and 25 cases still being investigated.While some measures are set to be relaxed, such as a ban on travel between Malaysia’s 13 regions once 90 percent of adults are vaccinated, new restrictions are being imposed.Prospective brides and grooms face the prospect of being left at the altar in Penang, a north-west region of peninsular Malaysia, after a requirement that both must test negative for the coronavirus before a wedding can proceed was announced on Thursday.The Health Ministry reported almost 14,000 new virus cases on Thursday, a slight drop on recent days.However the 487 virus-related fatalities announced for Wednesday was the second highest in a day.Over 80 percent of adults have been vaccinated, the government said this week. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Erdogan says ‘not a good start’ with Biden, slams aid to ‘terrorists’ Sep 24, 2021 0 0 62 children died this year in Syrian camp al-Hol: Charity Sep 24, 2021 0 0 US Senate passes $1.9 tn COVID-19 economic relief bill Sep 24, 2021 0 0 Bomb targets girls’ school in Pakistan in first attack in years dpa Islamabad A school for girls was blown up in north-western Pakistan in the first bombing targeting female education in several years, weeks after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The bomb went off late on .. Turkish students protest rent hikes Istanbul: Several university students in Turkey have been camping in city parks to protest what they call extraordinary rent hikes in neighbourhoods near their campuses, drawing the government’s ire for their .. Vietnam protests China sending biggest warplane to disputed islands dpa Hanoi Vietnam on Thursday protested China sending its biggest warplane to disputed islands in the South China Sea in a move that Hanoi describes as seriously infringing on its maritime sovereignty and violating .. Taiwan files application to join 11-nation Pacific trading group dpa Taipei Taiwan has sent an application to join the global trading group known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Premier Su Tseng-chang said on Thursday. .. Teachers sans ‘green pass’ in Israel to be given leave without pay dpa Tel Aviv Teachers in Israel without the so-called green pass who also do not want to be tested for the coronavirus will be stopped from teaching from October 3. The green pass is available for those who have been ..