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Malaysia Reports Record New Coronavirus Cases for Second Day

Health workers at a drive-thru testing center for Covid-19 in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. 

Health workers at a drive-thru testing center for Covid-19 in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. 

Photographer: Samsul Said/Bloomberg

Malaysia added a record number of coronavirus cases for a second day on Saturday, just days before the government decides on whether to prolong or tighten curbs on movement that are set to end next week.

The Southeast Asian country registered 5,728 infections on Saturday, after breaching the 5,000 mark for the first time on Friday, according to a tweet by Director General of Health Malaysia Noor Hisham Abdullah. That brings the total tally to 209,661 cases. Malaysia has reported 746 total deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, including 13 on Saturday.