COVID-19: Malaysia declares nationwide lockdown from Wednesday till June 7

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Malaysia has imposed a new nationwide lockdown on Monday, as the country is struggling to curb the rising coronavirus cases and highly infectious variants that the government said are testing its health system.

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Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin disclosed this in a statement saying all inter-state and inter-district travel will be banned, along with social gatherings from Wednesday till June 7.

Yassin said educational institutions will be shut but economic sectors will be allowed to continue, without elaborating.

Malaysia is facing a third wave of COVID-19 that could trigger a national crisis,” Muhyiddin said, adding that the lockdown measures will continue until June 7.

Malaysia reported 3,807 new cases on Monday as It has now seen a total of 444,484 cases and 1,700 deaths.

Malaysia is under a state of emergency, which was declared by Muhyiddin in January to curb the spread of COVID-19.

 

MTO/Straitstimes

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