Malaysia reports 3,631 new COVID-19 cases with 18 new deaths

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – Malaysian health authorities reported 3,631 new coronavirus cases on Friday with 18 new fatalities, the highest daily death toll so far.

Friday’s figures take the total number of infections to 176,180. A total of 660 people in Malaysia have died of COVID-19.

On Thursday, Malaysia extended restrictions on movement in the capital Kuala Lumpur and five states until February 4 to combat a surge in coronavirus infections, effectively putting most of the country under lockdown.

Following the extension, the period of the Movement Control Order (MCO) enforced on all states was standardised.

A worker wears a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus as he sets up traditional Chinese lanterns on display ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple in Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: AP