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.