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WHO expects Malaysia's coronavirus cases to peak in mid-April

| Updated: April 02, 2020 20:55:45


Workers wearing protective suits pray before a disinfection operation, during the movement control order due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia April 01, 2020. — Reuters Workers wearing protective suits pray before a disinfection operation, during the movement control order due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia April 01, 2020. — Reuters

The number of coronavirus cases in Malaysia is expected to peak in mid-April and there are signs of a flattening of the infection curve, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Malaysia has the highest number of known infections in Southeast Asia with 2,908 confirmed cases. It has imposed travel and movement curbs to contain the spread of the virus.

“Based on available data, the WHO Country Office has projected that Malaysia will see a peak in hospitalised cases in mid-April,” Ying-Ru Lo, the WHO’s head of mission and representative to Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore told Reuters in emailed comments.

The number of critically ill patients is estimated to reach the peak within the next week, she said, adding that the WHO projections could change.

“There are initial signs of flattening of the curve, but this could bounce back if control measures are lifted and if people don’t continue to take protective measures,” Lo said.

Lo added that data on new infections so far and additional surveillance measures did not suggest widespread community transmission in the country.

Currently there are 102 coronavirus patients in intensive care across Malaysia. There have been a total of 45 deaths.

Malaysia’s health ministry on Wednesday said the rate of new infections appeared to be slowing amid the movement restrictions.

Malaysia has ramped up its diagnostic testing capacity in recent days, testing over 7,000 a day from last week’s 3,500.

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