Malaysia expands lockdown measures

Malaysia expands lockdown measures

Medical workers collect a swab sample from a man to be tested for the coronavirus disease in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, on Monday. (Reuters photo)
Medical workers collect a swab sample from a man to be tested for the coronavirus disease in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, on Monday. (Reuters photo)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on Tuesday said it would extend lockdown restrictions across most of the country as it grappled with a rise in coronavirus infections.

Last week, capital Kuala Lumpur and six states went into a two-week lockdown. Essential sectors including manufacturing, plantations and construction were allowed to stay open, but a nationwide travel ban was implemented.

Security minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Tuesday said the lockdown will also be imposed on six other states from Friday for two weeks. Only the eastern state of Sarawak will not see a full lockdown, though some restrictions are in place.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has said the lockdown measures were necessary as the healthcare system was at a breaking point.

The country is also under emergency rule, which was imposed to deal with the pandemic, though the political opposition has said it is a move by Muhyiddin to cling to power amid a leadership challenge.

The total number of coronavirus infections in Malaysia stood at 165,371, including 619 deaths.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (1)

Both Bhumibol bridges to be resurfaced, 6-month partial closure

Both Bhumibol bridges over the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok will be partially closed to traffic overnight for road resurfacing from March 15-Sept 30, the Department of Rural Roads announced on Friday.

13:23

+79 Covid

Sixty-five local infections and 14 imported cases raise the total to 26,241, as health officials say the local Covid-19 situation is "under control".

12:27

Japan supercomputer modelling shows doubling masks offers little benefit

TOKYO: Japanese supercomputer simulations showed that wearing two masks gave limited benefit in blocking viral spread compared with one properly fitted mask.

11:55