Malaysia Declares National Lockdown

The Malaysian government announced a new nationwide lockdown, as the country grapples with a surge in COVID-19 cases that are believed to be caused by the new variants.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said that all domestic travel will be banned, along with social gatherings and classes in schools.

“There are now Covid-19 variants that are more infectious while the capacity of the public health system is becoming more critical. [There are also] weaknesses in Covid-19 protocol compliance by some. These demand that the government take drastic action,” said Muhyiddin,

There would be exemptions for travel including medical or other emergencies while the economic sector would still remain open.

The lockdown known as a Movement Control Order (MCO) is expected to begin on May 12 and end on June 7.

The Malaysian government said 3,807 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours while the country has 444,484 cases in total and 1,700 deaths.

Lasr Sunday, Malaysia recorded 26 fatalities, its highest COVID deaths to date. 

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