By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

A EcoHealth Alliance scientist says Malaysia has been a regional leader in the battle against COVID-19 as the country continues to report relatively low numbers of cases once again.

Through May 15, the Malaysia Ministry of Health reported 6,855 cases since the pandemic began with the addition of 36 new cases today.

In addition, no COVID-19 related deaths were reported, leaving the cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia at 112 (1.63 percent of the total).

Malaysia has only had about 200 cases per million people, putting it just behind South Korea, according to Tom Hughes, a scientist with EcoHealth Alliance in Malaysia.

“Just looking at how Malaysia is responding to Covid-19 and how well we are doing to maintain the spread of this virus, they’re doing an amazing job to keep the public informed, and it really shows just how well Malaysia has embraced these kinds of ideas.

“Malaysia is really showing itself as a regional leader in dealing with zoonosis,” Hughes said.