COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia

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COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia
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Distribution map of COVID-19 confirmed cases by state (territory)
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Distribution map of COVID-19 confirmed cases by district (city)
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Density map of COVID-19 confirmed cases by state (territory)
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationMalaysia
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseSungai Buloh, Selangor
Arrival date25 January 2020
(5 months, 3 weeks and 6 days)
Confirmed cases6,819[1]
Active cases1,356[1]
Recovered5,351[1]
Deaths
112[1]
Government website
covid-19.moh.gov.my

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Malaysia in January 2020, when it was detected on travelers from China arriving through Singapore on 25 January, following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Hubei, China.[2][3]

Reported cases remained low until small groups began to emerge in March; the largest group was linked to a Tablighi Jamaat religious gathering held in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur in late February and early March, leading to massive spikes in local cases and an exportation of cases to neighbouring countries.[4]

Within a few weeks, Malaysia had recorded the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Southeast Asia,[5] passing over the 2,000 mark in active cases by the end of March from fewer than 30 at the start of the month.

By 16 March, the virus is reported in every state and federal territory in the country.

Measures to combat the outbreak were later announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia through a live nationwide telecast on 13 March 2020;[6][7] by 16 March, a nationwide "Movement Control Order" (MCO) through social distancing, was announced to last between 18 and 31 March.[8][9][10]

As of 14 May 2020, the country reports a total of 6,819 confirmed cases, 1,356 active cases, 5,351 recoveries and 112 deaths.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Situasi Semasa Pandemik COVID-19 Di Malaysia". Ministry of Health (Malaysia).
  2. Sipalan, Joseph; Holmes, Sam (25 January 2020). "Malaysia confirms first cases of coronavirus infection". Reuters. Archived from the original on 18 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  3. "Malaysia: First cases of 2019-nCoV confirmed January 25". GardaWorld. 25 January 2020. Archived from the original on 18 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  4. Ng, Kate (16 March 2020). "Coronavirus: Malaysia cases rise by 190 after mosque event as imams urge online services". The Independent. Archived from the original on 5 April 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  5. "Coronavirus: Malaysia records eight deaths; 153 new cases bring total to 1,183". The Straits Times. 21 March 2020. Archived from the original on 5 April 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  6. "Covid-19: PM outlines several key measures". Bernama. 14 March 2020. Archived from the original on 14 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020 – via Daily Express.
  7. Perutusan Perdana Menteri Malaysia [Message from the Prime Minister of Malaysia] (video) (12:28) (in Malay). 13 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020 – via Astro Awani.
  8. Sukumaran, Tashny (16 March 2020). "Coronavirus: Malaysia in partial lockdown from March 18 to limit outbreak". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 16 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  9. Bunyan, John (16 March 2020). "PM: Malaysia under movement control order from Wed until March 31, all shops closed except for essential services". The Malay Mail. Archived from the original on 16 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  10. Wern Jun, Soo (17 March 2020). "Movement control order not a lockdown, says former health minister". The Malay Mail. Archived from the original on 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.