Malaysia Announces Tougher Measures in Fight Against Covid

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced that 5 states and 3 federal territories will be placed under a Movement Control Order (MCO).

The states of Melaka, Johor, Penang, Sabah and Selangor plus the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya will be under the MCO until 26th January.

Under the MCO inter-district travel is not allowed as well as wedding receptions, conferences, religious gatherings, seminars, courses and mass sports. Interstate travel is banned throughout the country. Roadblocks will be in place to prevent inter-state and inter-district travel from Wednesday this week.

Six other states, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak and Terengganu will be placed under a Conditional MCO (CMCO). Perlis and Sarawak are now under the conditions of the Recovery MCO (RMCO). 

“The situation today is indeed very alarming, Our healthcare system is under tremendous pressure now than at any other time since the start of the pandemic. As I have said before, unprecedented situations call for unprecedented measures.”

Muhyiddin Yassin. Malaysia Prime Minister via CNA

Prior to the announcement business leaders had raised concerns over the future of many businesses if another widespread lockdown was enforced. As part of the new measures, five sectors have been identified as essential, manufacturing, construction, services, trade and distribution, and the plantation and commodities, and are allowed to continue to operate. 

It is hoped that Malaysia will receive its first supplies of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of February.

Yassin announced the measures in a televised address to the nation today.

Malaysia today reported a further 2,232 cases of Covid-19, a total of 138,224 since the start of the pandemic. There have also been 555 deaths including 4 in the last 24 hours.

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