The number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia is expected to peak in mid-April, the World Health Organisation has warned.

According to Ying-Ru Lo, WHO's head of mission and representative to Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore, although there are signs of a flattening of infection curve, cases could spike again if the current control and precautionary measures are lifted.

"Based on available data, the WHO Country has projected that Malaysia will see a peak in hospitalised cases in mid-April.

"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," she told Reuters.

The projection, however, could change, she added.

Malaysia has the dubious honour of having highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, with 2,908 confirmed cases and 45 deaths.

Abou 645 people have been discharged, while 102 of the 2,218 patients still in treatment, are in the intensive care unit.

Yesterday, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the rate of new infections appeared to be slowing amid the movement restrictions.

Globally, the corona virus has infected 937,145 people, and killed 47,267, at the time this article was written.

Source: Reuters
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