Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the country will go into a total nationwide lockdown for all social and economic sectors starting next Tuesday (June 1) until June 14.
“This decision was made after taking into account the current situation of the Covid-19 outbreak in Malaysia, with daily cases surpassing 8,000 and over 70,000 active cases,” said Yassin.
The decision was made despite possible impacts on Malaysia’s economic sector to prevent their healthcare system from failing.
“Hospital capacity nationwide to treat Covid-19 patients is also becoming increasingly limited,” added Yassin.
Only essential economic sectors listed by the National Security Council would be allowed to open.
The Malaysian Finance Ministry will develop an aid package for the public and affected economic sectors to help mitigate possible economic downturns caused by another lockdown.
If the phase 1 total lockdown is successful in minimizing local cases, the government will implement a four-week phase 2 lockdown which would allow few economic sectors that do not involve large gatherings to open.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said that if the two phases were successful, phase 3, which is a movement control order (MCO) similar to the current one would be implemented.
“The decision to shift from one phase to the next will be subject to a risk assessment by the Health Ministry. This will be based on the development of daily cases and hospital capacity nationwide,” explained Yassin.
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