Covid-19: Malaysia under two-week lockdown from Wednesday

17 Mars, 2020, 05:40 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Covid-19: Malaysia under two-week lockdown from Wednesday

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".

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"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.

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