Malaysia has declared its administrative capital of Putrajaya as “red zone” following a surge in coronavirus cases in the region, the country’s Health Ministry said on Monday.

The country’s health chief Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia detected 170 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the national tally of confirmed cases to 3,963. The death toll has reached 63.

Local daily Star newspaper quoted Abdullah as saying that the fatality rate in Malaysia was less than 2%.

Putrajaya, from where the Southeast Asian country’s federal government operates, has recorded 41 positive cases, according to state-run news agency Bernama.


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