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Jakarta Post

Malaysia reports 130 new coronavirus cases; 1,030 in total



Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   /   Fri, March 20, 2020   /   07:45 pm
Malaysia reports 130 new coronavirus cases; 1,030 in total Members of Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA) party hand out protective masks to passing pedestrians outside the MCA building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Malaysia’s central bank sees room to adjust monetary policy again after economic growth slowed to its weakest pace in more than a decade and the nation braces for the impact of the coronavirus on tourism and trade. (Bloomberg/Samsul Said)

Malaysia reported 130 new cases of coronavirus infection on Friday, sending the cumulative total to 1,030, as it grapples with the highest number of infections in Southeast Asia.

Of the new cases, 48 are linked to an Islamic gathering last month near Kuala Lumpur, the capital, that attracted 16,000 participants. More than 670 infections in Southeast Asia have been linked to the Islamic gathering in Malaysia.

Since Wednesday, Malaysia has closed its borders, schools and non-essential businesses, and urged people to stay at home, warning of a "tsunami" of cases if the curbs were not followed.