Malaysia

Coronavirus: Did political turmoil contribute to spike in cases?

A shopkeeper waiting for customers at a hijab shop in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month. No official data has been released, but malls are empty and personal shoppers say there is a surge in demand for their services.
A shopkeeper waiting for customers at a hijab shop in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month. No official data has been released, but malls are empty and personal shoppers say there is a surge in demand for their services. PHOTO: REUTERS
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The number of coronavirus cases in Malaysia has soared steadily since the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan administration on Feb 24, which left the country with no one at the top to lead its ministries, including the crucial Health Ministry.

This raises the question: Did Malaysia miss an opportunity to contain the virus?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 15, 2020, with the headline Coronavirus: Did political turmoil contribute to spike in cases?. Subscribe