Chinese anti-COVID-19 medical team arrives in Malaysia

A team of medical experts sent by the Chinese government arrived in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to help the country fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The eight-member expert team was received by the Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian and officials from Malaysia's Ministry of Health at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

During an expected two-week stay in Malaysia, the Chinese experts will share experience and expertise on fighting COVID-19 with their Malaysian counterparts, to help Malaysia's effort against the pandemic, said the Chinese ambassador.

"This is the time when governments and the people of China and Malaysia work together and look after each other to overcome the difficulties. It also demonstrates the deep and warm relationship between China and Malaysia," Bai added.

Malaysia recorded 69 new COVID-19 cases, the fewest in more than a month, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

It is also the second double-digit increase in three days. The number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia totaled at 5,251 after the latest increase. 

Speaking during a special summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, Japan and the South Korea (ASEAN Plus Three) on COVID-19 via video link, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin called for closer cooperation among the ASEAN countries and its dialogue partners China, Japan, and South Korea against the COVID-19.

Muhyiddin said the ASEAN countries could draw on lessons from the experience of its dialogue partners, including China, in dealing with COVID-19.

(with input from Xinhua)