Malaysia’s Case Rate Rivals India’s

After sidestepping the worst for the past year, Malaysia now has the fastest-growing COVID-19 outbreak in Southeast Asia, NPR reports. Doctors in overflowing hospitals may yet have to make that harrowing decision: choosing who lives and who dies.

  • In terms of cases per million, infections in Malaysia are even higher than in India according to 1 think tank.

  • Cases are up more than 60% in the past 14 days, and have risen 6-fold since the start of the year.

  • The country is in the midst of a 2 week “total lockdown”—but exceptions allowing some businesses to operate at 60% capacity have sparked criticism.  

  • Officials are particularly concerned about the rise of cases and deaths among children, Reuters reports.

Back story: Mass religious festivals appear to be a driving factor after thousands traveled to mark Eid last month.

Enforcement by air: Malaysian police are using drones to detect people’s temperatures in public spaces—and also warn the devices will be deployed to enforce travel restrictions, The Guardian reports.

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