Singapore, meanwhile, announced on Sunday evening that 14-day self-quarantine notices would be issued to arrivals from the other nine members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), as well as travellers from Britain, Japan and Switzerland.
All education centres will also be closed including pre-schools, government and private schools, fully residential schools, worldwide schools, tahfiz centres, as well as private and public institutions of higher learning and skills training institutes.
Muhyiddin said in a televised message late Monday that the measures, under the Restriction of Movement Order, are needed to prevent the outbreak from worsening.
"The government has chose to implement "restriction of movement order" starting from March 18 to March 31", he said in a special announcement broadcast on Astro Awani, RTM, TV3 and BernamaTV.
All forms of gathering and movement are not allowed nationwide during the period and this includes religious, sports, social and cultural events.
The prime minister said that the government has made a decision to implement a "restriction of movement order" under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967.
Singapore has local production capabilities for food items such as noodles, infant milk powder and canned goods, and has diversified its sources of essential goods, including importing vegetables from China and eggs from as far as Ukraine.
"I hope that you will be patient in facing this challenge".
"If they need assistance, they should contact our economic agencies who stand ready to assist".
The Met Gala has been postponed
The Cut's Matthew Schneier confirmed the news in a tweet , telling his followers that this year's Met Gala was "under review". This year's exhibition, " About Time: Fashion and Duration ", is sponsored by luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton.
"We can not wait any longer until the situation worsens ..."
"Our priority is to ensure that our people and our businesses are able to continue with their lives and their livelihoods", he added.
All government and private business premises will close, except for those involved in essential services.
"Therefore, drastic action needs to be taken".
Also closed in Malaysia, for the duration of the Movement Control Order, are all schools, from kindergartens and primary schools through till public and private higher-education institutions and skills-training institutes. He also assures there are sufficient food supplies and daily essentials as well as face masks in the country.
Almost two-thirds of Malaysia's 553 coronavirus cases have been linked to an Islamic gathering, making Malaysia Southeast Asia's worst-affected country and prompting a warning from the prime minister of "big news" on Monday to contain the epidemic.
He added that he will be chairing meetings of a special taskforce for national security, which will meet daily to oversee the COVID-19 situation from time to time.
The Health Ministry today confirmed that 125 new Covid-19 positive cases have been reported, with 95 cases linked to one cluster alone.
We've been buying ventilators for several weeks now but we also need to manufacture more and as we've discussed in the House. Hancock said there were 5,000 ventilators available at the moment, but that many times that number would be needed.
They also say 13 more people have died, mainly in Hubei Province, with the country's death toll now standing at 3,226. In order to get on the flight, she didn't tell anyone that she believed she might be infected with the coronavirus .
Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton said the 68-year-old patient had underlying health concerns. It has also said it is still working to confirm the residential area of 12 of the 30 new cases.
Other major provinces and cities have also reported some infections, with Gyeonggi Province reporting 20 additional cases. South Korean soldiers disinfect Daegu after a second cluster of cases linked to a religious group emerged.
The Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center is asking people to make time to donate, especially during this challenging time. Canadian Blood Services is seeking to reassure donors that it's safe to give blood, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Festivals, including South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and the Tribeca Film Festival in NY , have been canceled or delayed. But the largest chains in North America - AMC, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark - have tried to keep their doors open.
Wall Street trading halted after deep losses
The S&P index recorded no new 52-week highs and 325 new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded three new highs and 1,238 new lows. The coronavirus outbreak has produced the most profound shock to the financial system since the crash almost 12 years ago.
Coronavirus : L'OMS déclare une "pandémie"
Début février, l'OMS avait demandé 675 millions de dollars (613 millions d'euros) pour combattre le coronavirus jusqu'en avril. C'est la première fois que la désignation " pandémie " est utilisée pour une épidémie à coronavirus .