Malaysia Lifts COVID Restrictions Despite Rising Infections

The Malaysian government has revoked emergency COVID regulations despite their continuously rising cases but did not explain why.

“Why were we not informed? Whose decision was it?” said Democratic Action Party deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo.

The emergency ordinances included fines and other penalties for people who breached movement restrictions.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said last month that restrictions will not be eased until daily cases fall below 4,000.

Despite Yassin’s earlier announcement, the restrictions were suddenly lifted despite recording more than 14,000 cases a day since last week. 

Currently, Malaysian hospitals are crowded and overwhelmed while new cases are not being accepted due to a lack of beds and manpower. 

There is also an ongoing oxygen shortage in Malaysia while medical staff from various national hospitals have recently staged walkout protests due to the high caseloads. 

Yassin has not yet announced anything regarding the cancellation of the restrictions. 

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