Malaysia this week arrested hundreds of people for violating restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus, a senior minister has said, amid a spike in the number of deaths linked to the outbreak.
The death toll rose from 27 to 34 within a 24-hour period, the biggest daily rise so far, while the number of reported cases went up to 2,470, the highest in Southeast Asia.
Defence minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob told reporters 649 people were detained on Saturday, while 73 people have plead guilty to offences such as gathering in groups, obstructing public officials, and breaking through police blockades.
This is in addition to 614 people arrested since the movement curbs were imposed on March 18. #DawnToday