WITHIN ASEAN, the top six countries for confirmed Covid-19 cases are Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei. Compared to the other five countries, Thailand was the first to record a confirmed case on January 22, 2020 (Figure 1). Singapore had its first case the next day, and Malaysia on January 24.1 Throughout January to March, Malaysia had the most confirmed cases within ASEAN. It was soon overtaken by the Philippines on April 14, Indonesia on April 15 and Singapore on April 18.
Malaysia’s curve began flattening by mid-April, suggesting that the Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed on March 18 ...
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