Malaysia to announce stimulus package on Feb. 27 to counter virus outbreak

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia will announce a stimulus package on Feb. 27 to mitigate the economic impacts of the outbreak, the finance minister said on Friday.

Assistance will be given to affected sectors, Minister Lim Guan Eng said in a statement. The government said on Tuesday the stimulus package would be earmarked the aviation, retailing and tourism industries.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will announce the stimulus program on Feb. 27, Lim said.

(This story corrects announcement date in headline and paragraph 1)

(Reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Hugh Lawson)