Malaysia can’t afford new coronavirus lockdown, experts warn as Sabah cases rise

Malaysia can’t afford new coronavirus lockdown, experts warn as Sabah cases rise

  • The spike comes as some 800,000 people in Sabah this week turned out for a state election, sparking fears of a new wave of infections in Malaysia
  • A second movement-control order will have a significant impact on the economy, social well-being and mental health, experts say

Days after almost 800,000 people in Malaysia’s Sabah state turned out to vote, the country is seeing a worrying spike in coronavirus cases which may result in a second national lockdown – an event it can ill afford, experts say.Malaysia’s caseload on Wednesday rose to 11,224, after the health ministry reported 89 new cases including 35 from Sabah – where infections had been rising even before Saturday’s local election.

In September, it recorded more than 1,000 infections, with local media reporting it took only one week for Sabah’s upwards trend to be seen in other Malaysian states.