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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Life insurers need to look well beyond COVID-19 deaths to see how the global pandemic is altering the mortality risk of people they cover, a medical insurance expert said on Wednesday. At the same time the long-term health effects are still evolving and modeling is difficult, he said. Vaccinations also pose a thorny issue for insurers: excluding non-vaccinated people from coverage could harm insurers’ reputations. “I don’t see the insurance industry necessarily being prejudicial to somebody that’s been vaccinated by charging higher premiums,” he said. “I think the insurance industry is going to be much more discerning at the time of underwriting,” he said.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, COVID, Paulo Bandeira Pinho, It’s, ” Pinho, , that’s, Organizations: YORK, Sunway Medical, REUTERS, Reuters, of Insurance U.S.A Locations: COVID, Subang Jaya, Malaysia
REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File PhotoNEW YORK, June 23 (Reuters) - Life insurers need to look well beyond COVID-19 deaths to see how the global pandemic is altering the mortality risk of people they cover, a medical insurance expert said on Wednesday. At the same time the long-term health effects are still evolving and modeling is difficult, he said. Vaccinations also pose a thorny issue for insurers: excluding non-vaccinated people from coverage could harm insurers' reputations. "I don't see the insurance industry necessarily being prejudicial to somebody that's been vaccinated by charging higher premiums," he said. "I think the insurance industry is going to be much more discerning at the time of underwriting," he said.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, COVID, Paulo Bandeira Pinho, It's, Pinho, that's, Alwyn Scott, Jane Merriman Organizations: Sunway Medical, REUTERS, Reuters, of Insurance U.S.A, Thomson Locations: Subang Jaya, Malaysia, COVID
Axiata, Telenor sign deal to merge Malaysian telecoms units
  + stars: | 2021-06-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
A general view of the Axiata headquarters building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 1, 2019. Telenor and Axiata will each own 33.1% of the merged firm Celcom Digi Berhad, which will remain listed in Kuala Lumpur, in line with a preliminary agreement announced in April. As a result of the deal, the companies plan cost cuts and savings on capital expenditure with a net present value amounting to about $2 billion, Telenor said in a statement. Digi said the merger would result in Axiata receiving newly issued shares in Digi and a cash consideration of 1.7 billion ringgit from Digi as new debt in the merged company. Axiata said last Tuesday it hoped to seal the merger deal within days or a week having completed due diligence.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Celcom Axiata, Digi, Axiata, Terje Solsvik, Christopher Cushing Organizations: REUTERS, Axiata, Norway's Telenor ASA, Telenor, Berhad, Malaysian, Thomson Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, OSLO, Malaysian, Axiata
Malaysia's April industrial output rises 50.1%, fastest in over decade
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.98   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Lim Huey TengMalaysia's industrial production rose by a record 50.1% in April from a year ago, marking the highest rate in more than a decade, on stronger demand across all sectors, government data showed on Friday. The production index measures factory output in manufacturing, mining and electricity generation. The previous record for industrial production was a 20.2% spike in March 2009. Manufacturing output rose 68% year-on-year in April, driven by demand for transport equipment and other manufactures, and non-metallic mineral products and basic metal and fabricated metal products, the department said. Electricity output rose 14.3%, while mining rose for the first time since February last year by 22.9%, according to the data.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng Organizations: REUTERS, Statistics Department, Thomson Locations: Shah Alam, Malaysia
U.S. tire maker Goodyear loses dispute against foreign workers in Malaysia
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Mei Mei Chu | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A logo of Goodyear is pictured at it's factory in Shah Alam, Malaysia May 6, 2021. Goodyear Malaysia argued that the migrant workers did not have legal standing to file the complaint as they were not union members, according to the court documents. "This is just the tip of the iceberg albeit a significant milestone in the treatment of migrant workers in this company," said the workers' lawyer Chandra Segaran Rajandran. The court has already ruled in favor of the foreign workers in two of the cases last year. Goodyear is also facing accusations of unlawful overtime, wrongful salary deduction, denying workers full access to their passports, and threats to migrant workers, Reuters has reported.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Goodyear, Rasidah Chik, Rasidah, Chandra Segaran Rajandran Organizations: Goodyear, REUTERS, Goodyear Tire &, Goodyear Malaysia, Industrial, Court, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Shah Alam, Malaysia, Malaysian, Goodyear Malaysia, Nepal, Myanmar, India
read moreTop Glove, which has net cash of 4.23 billion ringgit, has said regulators were reviewing its listing process and it was working closely with advisers. On Wednesday, Top Glove reported a jump of 485% in third-quarter net profit benefiting from strong demand for gloves during the pandemic. A stock exchange filing showed net profit for the period jumped to 2.04 billion ringgit ($495.63 million) from 347.9 million a year ago. UBS had forecast a profit of 2.54 billion ringgit, according to Refinitiv data. Its revenue rose 147% to 4.16 billion ringgit.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Lee Kim Meow, Lim Wee Chai Organizations: REUTERS, Corp, Impactt, . Customs, Border Protection, Reuters, CBP, UBS, Thomson Locations: Shah Alam, Malaysia, U.S, Malaysian, London, United States, North America, Hong Kong
REUTERS/Lim Huey TengMalaysia's Top Glove Corporation Bhd (TPGC.KL) reported on Wednesday a 485% jump in third-quarter net profit as the COVID-19 pandemic drove strong demand for gloves. In a stock exchange filing, the firm said net profit for the March-May period jumped to 2.04 billion ringgit ($495.63 million) from 347.9 million ringgit a year ago. UBS had forecast a profit of 2.54 billion ringgit, according to Refinitiv data. Its revenue rose 147% to 4.16 billion ringgit from 1.69 billion ringgit. "Nonetheless, global glove demand remains resilient as glove usage continues to rise, driven by the ongoing pandemic," it said.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng Organizations: REUTERS, Corporation, UBS, Customs, Border Protection, . Customs, CBP, Impactt, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Shah Alam, Malaysia, United States, U.S, London, Hong Kong
Malaysia king meets politicians as discontent rumbles over virus crisis
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Joseph Sipalan | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Malaysia's King, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, inspects an honour guard during the 62nd Merdeka Day (Independence Day) celebrations in Putrajaya, Malaysia, August 31, 2019. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who spent an hour on Wednesday with King Al-Sultan Abdullah, said the national emergency has done more harm than good. Muhyiddin was the first to meet with the king on Wednesday, ahead of his weekly cabinet meeting. In a statement, the national palace said the king has convened a special meeting of the council of rulers on Wednesday to discuss efforts to battle the epidemic during the emergency. read moreWith nearly 634,000 cases among its 32 million people, Malaysia has the highest number of infections per capita in Southeast Asia.
Persons: Malaysia's King, Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al, Mustafa Billah Shah, Lim Huey Teng Malaysia's, Muhyiddin, Anwar Ibrahim, King Al, Sultan Abdullah, Anwar, Mahathir Mohamad, Muhyiddin's Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Putrajaya, Malaysia, COVID, Southeast Asia
EU, ASEAN conclude landmark air transport agreement
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.94   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines planes are pictured at Changi Airport in Singapore, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File PhotoSINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union have concluded the world’s first bloc-to-bloc air transport agreement, ASEAN said, to allow their airlines to easier expand services to and within the respective regions. The agreement, once formalised, will mean airlines of the combined 37 member states can fly any number of non-stop flights between countries in both regions, ASEAN said on Friday. The EU is its third largest source of foreign investment and its third largest trading partner, according to ASEAN. The ASEAN-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (AE CATA), as it will be known, will be submitted for review by lawyers and signed at a later date, the statement said.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, , Adina Valean, Brendan Sobie, Organizations: Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Changi Airport, REUTERS, SINGAPORE, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, European, Transport, EU, Air Locations: Singapore, EU
Malaysia warns of rising number of COVID-19 deaths, cases among children
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Medical workers collect swab samples from people to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey TengMalaysian health authorities have raised concerns about a growing number of coronavirus deaths and serious cases involving children, after a surge in overall infections forced the Southeast Asian nation into a strict lockdown. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin declared a two-week “total lockdown” from June 1-14, as daily COVID-19 cases and deaths hit record numbers, with the government warning the outbreak may be linked to more contagious variants. Noor Hisham did not say how many children had been tested for COVID-19 or if authorities planned to ramp up testing among minors. The health minister said on Thursday it was “not something impossible” for total COVID-19 deaths to hit 26,000 by September, as projected by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Persons: Lim Huey, Muhyiddin Yassin, Noor Hisham Abdullah, Noor Hisham, Adham Baba Organizations: REUTERS, Health Ministry, Malaysian Health, Institute of Health, Thomson Locations: Cyberjaya, Malaysia, Lim Huey Teng Malaysian, COVID, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Philippines
REUTERS/Lim Huey TengMalaysian telecoms firm Axiata Group Bhd (AXIA.KL) and RHB Bank Bhd (RHBC.KL) have jointly bid for a digital bank licence, the companies said on Wednesday. The announcement confirms a Reuters report on Monday that the companies were teaming up to apply for a digital bank licence. Boost will own a majority stake of 60%, while RHB will own the remaining in the digital bank, subject to approval from Bank Negara Malaysia, they said. Bank Negara is expected to finalise its decision towards the end of next year. The companies said the digital bank consortium would spearhead the group-wide partnership, which was formalised through a memorandum of understanding.
Persons: Lim Huey, Axiata's, RHB, Axiata Organizations: REUTERS, Lim Huey Teng, Axiata, RHB Bank, Boost Holdings, Bank Negara Malaysia, Bank Negara, Regulators, Thomson Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Lim Huey Teng Malaysian, Bank, Asia
Cases are surging in parts of Asia and South America. All three nations are experiencing their worst coronavirus outbreaks since the start of the pandemic, joining countries across Asia and South America where infections have surged to record levels — a stark counterpoint to the optimism felt in the United States as summer dawns. In North America, 60 vaccine doses have been administered for every 100 people, compared with 27 in South America and 21 in Asia, according to New York Times data. “Global vaccine access has been woefully inequitable, with a handful of high-income countries dominating procurement agreements and receipt of initial batches,” Dr. Standley said. “The ongoing devastation being wreaked by Covid-19 in the Global South should be reason enough for the rich countries to want to enable a quick and cheap global vaccine rollout,” Dr. Richmond said.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, , Claire Standley, Standley, Matthew Richmond, , Richmond, Dr, it’s Organizations: New York Times, Center for Global Health Science, Security, Georgetown University, Globally, London School of Economics Locations: Asia, South America, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Argentina, Nepal, United States, Malaysia South Africa, Thailand, Taiwan, Paraguay, Uruguay, Australia, Singapore, Europe, North America, Africa
FILE PHOTO: A worker inspects newly-made gloves at Top Glove factory in Shah Alam, Malaysia August 26, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey TengHONG KONG (Reuters) - Top Glove Corporation’s plan to list in Hong Kong to raise up to $1 billion has been delayed as the world’s largest rubber glove maker seeks to resolve a U.S. import ban on its products, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The Malaysian firm, which is already listed in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, flagged in late April it would sell 793.5 million shares in the listing, half what the company proposed in its application to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in February. However, the deal has stalled as the company awaits indications from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on whether an imports ban would be lifted any time soon, the sources said. The sources could not be named as the information was not yet made public.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, . Customs, Border Protection Locations: Shah Alam, Malaysia, Lim Huey Teng HONG KONG, Hong Kong, U.S, Malaysian, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
A worker inspects newly-made gloves at Top Glove factory in Shah Alam, Malaysia August 26, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey TengTop Glove Corporation's (TPGC.KL) plan to list in Hong Kong to raise up to $1 billion has been delayed as the world's largest rubber glove maker seeks to resolve a U.S. import ban on its products, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The Malaysian firm, which is already listed in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, flagged in late April it would sell 793.5 million shares in the listing, half what the company proposed in its application to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in February. However, the deal has stalled as the company awaits indications from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on whether an imports ban would be lifted any time soon, the sources said. The sources could not be named as the information was not yet made public.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng Organizations: REUTERS, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, . Customs, Border Protection, Thomson Locations: Shah Alam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, U.S, Malaysian, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
A woman sits at a bus stop outside Goodyear factory in Shah Alam, Malaysia May 6, 2021. The foreign workers are claiming about 5 million ringgit ($1.21 million) in unpaid wages, said their lawyer, Chandra Segaran Rajandran. According to the court ruling last year, Goodyear Malaysia argued that foreign workers are not entitled to the benefits of the collective agreement because they are not union members. The court agreed that the foreign workers’ job scope entitled them to those benefits. The foreign workers filed the first two lawsuits in July 2019.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Goodyear, payslips, Chandra Segaran Rajandran, , , Sharan Kumar Rai, Anna Ng Fui Choo Organizations: Reuters, Goodyear Tire &, Goodyear, REUTERS, Goodyear Malaysia, National Union of Employees, Manufacturing Rubber, Permodalan, Permodalan Nasional Berhad, Workers, Human Resources Ministry Locations: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysian, Shah Alam, Malaysia, Nepal, Myanmar, India, Goodyear Malaysia, Permodalan Nasional, United States
Malaysian volunteer undertakers struggle to cope as COVID cases surge
  + stars: | 2021-05-28 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: +2 min
Malaysian Muslim cleric Rafie Zainal and his team members pray for a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victim during a burial at a cemetery, in Gombak, Malaysia May 23, 2021. Muhammad Rafieudin Zainal Rasid, a religious leader who heads the nationwide volunteer team, has become known as the "cleric undertaker." The volunteer team has grown in size to more than 2,000 members, but Muhammad Rafieudin said they are struggling to keep up. "If there are more than 10 cases today at the same cemetery, it might take two to three (days) to wrap everything up," he said. Malaysia on Thursday reported 7,857 new coronavirus cases, the third straight day of record infections and 59 deaths.
Persons: Rafie Zainal, Lim Huey Teng, Muhammad Rafieudin Zainal, Muhammad Rafieudin, Organizations: REUTERS, Lim Huey Teng Malaysian, Malaysian, Management, Asia's, Thomson Locations: Gombak, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Canada probes forced labour claims in Malaysian palm oil, glove-making industries
  + stars: | 2021-05-28 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: +2 min
A worker unloads palm oil fruit bunches at a factory in Tanjung Karang, Malaysia August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey TengCanada is investigating allegations of forced labour in Malaysia's palm oil and glove manufacturing industries, the government said on Friday. Malaysian firms, which includes some of the world's biggest palm oil and rubber glove producers, have faced increasing scrutiny in recent years over reports of labour abuses. In the last year, the United States has banned imports from three Malaysian firms on suspicions of forced labour. Sime Darby has said it is committed to combating forced labour and has robust policies to protect workers' rights.
Persons: Lim Huey, Darby, Sime Darby, FGV Organizations: REUTERS, Social Development Canada, Reuters, Labour, . Customs, FGV Holdings, Thomson Locations: Tanjung Karang, Malaysia, Lim Huey Teng Canada, United States
Malaysia PM orders 'total lockdown' amid COVID-19 surge
  + stars: | 2021-05-28 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
General view of a deserted street during a lockdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 11, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File PhotoMalaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday announced a nationwide "total lockdown" starting in June as coronavirus infections in the country surged to record levels. "With the latest rise in daily cases showing a drastically upward trend, hospital capacity across the country to treat COVID-19 patients are becoming limited," Muhyiddin said in a statement. Malaysia reported 8,290 new coronavirus cases on Friday, its fourth straight day of record infections and bringing the total number of cases to 549,514. The number of daily fatalities have been rising, with a record daily toll of 63 earlier this week.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Muhyiddin Yassin, Muhyiddin Organizations: REUTERS, Malaysian, Friday, Thomson Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysian transport operator head fired after joke response to train crash
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
A view of the station of two metro light rail trains that collided in an underground tunnel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 25, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey TengMalaysia's finance ministry said on Wednesday it had terminated the services of the chairman of the public transport operator amid an outcry over his response to a train accident in which more than 200 people were injured. On Monday, 47 commuters were severely hurt and 166 sustained minor injuries when two light rail metro trains collided head-on in an underground tunnel near the centre of Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian social media users lambasted Tajuddin's comments as insensitive, with thousands signing an online petition calling for him to be sacked. Authorities have pledged to carry out a thorough investigation into the train collision, the first major accident in the metro system's 23 years of operation.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, Tajuddin, Tajuddin's, Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz Organizations: REUTERS, Prasarana, Authorities, Thomson Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Prasarana Malaysia, Malaysian
India plans to study effectiveness of AstraZeneca, Bharat Biotech vaccines
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( Neha Arora | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
A medical worker holds a bottle of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 5, 2021. The rest will have taken Covaxin jointly developed by local firm Bharat Biotech and ICMR. The study will also compare the effects of one dose of AstraZeneca shot as against two shots administered, he said. In Britain, health officials last week said two doses of the vaccine were 60% effective against symptomatic disease from the coronavirus variant B.1.617, first identified in India last year. read moreThe variant, B.1.617, is a dominant strain driving India's deadly second wave of COVID-19 cases, health experts say.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Tarun Bhatnagar, Bhatnagar Organizations: REUTERS, coronavirus, Indian, of Medical Research, AstraZeneca, Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Reuters, National Institute of, Thomson Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Chennai, Britain, India, COVID
Medical workers collect swab samples from people to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 11, 2021. Despite a state of emergency imposed in January, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's government has been seen as struggling to rein in the infections, triggering public fury. Health experts say Abdul Malik's death was a sign the system was being overwhelmed and called for stronger measures to avert collapse. Authorities tightened curbs over the weekend but stopped short of a full lockdown, saying some industries needed to remain open. "But the impact is going to be worse, or go on for much longer, if we continue with half-hearted measures."
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Muhyiddin, Abdul Malik Daim, Abdul Malik, Abdul Rahim Daim, Abdul Malik's, Adeeba Kamarulzaman Organizations: REUTERS, Malaysian, Reuters, Asia's, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Authorities, University of Malaya, Thomson Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines
Beyond this, inspectors and Brightway workers told Reuters, companies can manipulate what auditors see on site. The Brightway raid came as the United States had barred another glove maker, Top Glove (TPGC.KL), over forced labour allegations. Asked about the audit findings on forced labour indicators, he said, "it depends on how you interpret forced labour." Five Brightway workers told Reuters they had been informed in advance by their supervisors of planned audits. Retention of passports by an employer is considered a forced labour indicator by the ILO.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Saravanan, Brightway, Intertek, Andy Hall, Ana Hinojosa, Hall, Baskaran, Kimberly Clark, Ansell, Kimberly, Clark, Terry Balluck, Brightway's Baskaran Organizations: REUTERS, Brightway Holdings, Reuters, Intertek, Malaysian, U.S . Customs, Protection, . U.S . Customs, Customs, . Customs, International Labour Organization, Labour, Malaysia, National Health Service, . Department of Health, Social, UN, ILO, Thomson Locations: Klang , Malaysia, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, U.S, . U.S, Nepal, Bangladesh, China, United States, Malaysian
Masked and restricted by COVID-19, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr
  + stars: | 2021-05-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Muslims pray outside the closed National Mosque while celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end the holy fasting month of Ramadan, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 13, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey TengPeople across Asia celebrated Eid al-Fitr with masks and prayers, but in many places COVID-19 restrictions were in place to limit the joyous mass gatherings and family reunions that usually mark the Muslim holiday. "(We are) very lucky that we can pray together this year, when we couldn't do it last year," said Tri Haryati Ningsih, 53. Indonesia has banned domestic travel until May 17, while Malaysia imposed a new national lockdown on Monday ahead of the festival. read morePakistan last month announced an extended holiday around Eid and extra safety restrictions aimed at reducing mass travel during the celebrations.
Persons: Eid, Lim Huey Teng, Dian Al, Cici Permata Organizations: REUTERS, World Health Organisation, Thomson Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Lim Huey Teng People, Asia, Indonesia, Mahri, Depok, Indonesian, Jakarta, COVID, Southeast Asia, Pakistan, India, New Delhi
As lockdown returns, Malaysians face another bleak Eid
  + stars: | 2021-05-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
A police officer stands guard at a roadblock during lockdown ahead of the Eid al-Fitr celebrations in an effort to prevent a large-scale transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey TengMohd Rezuan Othman would normally travel from Kuala Lumpur to his hometown in southern Malaysia to spend Eid al-Fitr with his family, but the country's latest nationwide COVID-19 lockdown has scuppered his plans for the second year in a row. Under measures announced on Monday, just days before Eid, he and millions of others are being forced to stay apart from loved ones during the annual celebration because of strict restrictions on travel. Malaysia was among the earliest countries in the region to impose a strict lockdown last year to keep the epidemic contained. Some, like Rusyan Sopian, think the travel restrictions make sense given health authorities have said the spike may be linked to the spread of more infectious variants.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng Mohd Rezuan Othman, Eid, Muhyiddin Yassin, caseload, Mohd Rezuan Organizations: REUTERS, Eid, Monday, Thomson Locations: Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Raya, Indonesia, Philippines
Malaysia declares nationwide lockdown as COVID-19 cases spike
  + stars: | 2021-05-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Lim Huey TengMalaysia on Monday imposed a new nationwide lockdown, as the country grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases and highly infectious variants that the government said are testing its health system. "Malaysia is facing a third wave of COVID-19 that could trigger a national crisis," Muhyiddin said in a statement, adding that the lockdown measures will continue until June 7. The premier said the lockdown was necessary due to the existence of new coronavirus variants with higher infection rates and growing constraints on the public health system. Malaysia has seen a spike in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, with the country reporting 3,807 new cases on Monday. Malaysia is under a state of emergency, which was declared by Muhyiddin in January to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Persons: Lim Huey, Muhyiddin Yassin, Muhyiddin, Mohd Rezuan Organizations: REUTERS, Muhyiddin, Thomson Locations: Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Lim Huey Teng Malaysia, hometowns, COVID, Kuala Lumpur
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