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Malaysia goes under lockdown from June 1

  • Published at 04:31 pm May 28th, 2021
Malaysia Covid Coronavirus
Malaysian Muslim cleric Rafie Zainal and his team members assist family members of a coronavirus victim during a burial at a cemetery, in Gombak, Malaysia May 23, 2021 Reuters

2,552 people died of Covid-19 in the country so far, where the daily fatalities are rising

Malaysian authorities have decided a nationwide lockdown for two weeks starting June 1.

The decision was made in the special National Security Council meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday evening, reports The Malaysian Reserve.

No social and economic sectors, except essential services, would be allowed to operate.

The essential economic and service sector will be announced in a list by the MKN later, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.

This decision was made after taking into account the current situation of Covid-19 transmission in Malaysia with the number of daily cases having exceeded 8,000 and active cases exceeding 70,000 cases.

To date, a total of 2,552 people have died as a result of the outbreak and the death toll is rising.

“With the increase in daily cases showing a more dramatic upward trend since recently, the capacity of hospitals nationwide to treat Covid-19 patients is also increasingly limited,” the statement added.

Also Read - Malaysia surpasses India in Covid-19 infections per million people

The PMO said this phase-1 lockdown succeeds in reducing the daily Covid-19 cases, the government will implement the phase-2 lockdown, which is by allowing the reopening of some economic sectors that do not involve large gatherings, subject to social distancing.

This second phase lockdown will be implemented for a period of four weeks after the first phase ended.

“After the end of the second phase lockdown, the next step is to enter the third phase, which is to implement the Movement Control Order as currently in force where social activities are not allowed and almost all economic sectors are allowed to operate subject to strict SOPs and physical presence in the workplace,” the PMO added.

Following the government’s decision to implement a full closure of the economic and social sectors, the Finance Ministry will detail the assistance package to the people and the affected economic sectors.

An announcement on this assistance package will be made in the near future.

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