COVID-19 Report: Indonesia declares outbreak a national disaster; Malaysia sets price controls


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Indonesia has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a “national disaster” as confirmed infections approach 5,000; while Malaysia has introduced a price control scheme as its latest lockdown measure.
Singapore continues to grapple with hundreds of new daily cases affecting migrant worker dormitories while Hong Kong has seen another record low daily spread with just three new cases reported today.
Popular musicians in the region have also contracted the disease. They include Hong Kong opera star Warren Mok, who became infected after visiting Thailand. In Myanmar, rock icon Myo Gyi has taken ill.
More COVID-19 testing is expected to take place in the Philippines following Friday’s opening of a new testing lab.
Markets throughout the region saw gains Tuesday, a positive sign attributed to better-than-expected trade numbers from China.
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