Becoming a father amid the pandemic: A Malaysian experience

KUALA LUMPUR — The elevator that usually brought us to the government maternity clinic was locked.

This meant extra walking for my heavily pregnant wife as we headed for the final checkup before the delivery of our first child, amid the fog of the coronavirus pandemic. We made our way to the main elevator and up to the third floor, where we encountered another clue that our labor experience would be anything but routine.

At the clinic’s entrance, which was normally empty, health workers in full protective gear were screening a line of people. Each visitor had their temperature taken.

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Coronavirus latest: Most Malaysian businesses win nod to reopen

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 3,090,445, according to the World Health Organization.

The worldwide death toll has hit 217,769.

To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:

(Source photo by AP) 

Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Friday, May 1

3:20 p.m. Passenger numbers at London’s Heathrow Airport, Europe’s busiest, were down 97% in April and are likely to remain weak. The airport’s first quarter revenue fell 12.7%, according to Reuters.

2:30 p.m.

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