Malaysia Extends Lockdown

The Malaysian government have today confirmed that near-nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) has been extended until 18th February. The MCO covers all states apart from Sarawak.

The extension means that the order will be in place over Chinese New Year (12th and 13th February).

The decision was made due to the continuing increase in Covid-19 cases which now stand at more than 219,000, almost 54,000 more than when the current lockdown was implemented on 19th January.

“Risk assessments carried out by the Health Ministry found daily cases in all states showed an upward trend with increasing case numbers, with high numbers of sporadic infections within the community among both locals and non-Malaysians.”

“Therefore the National Security Council during its meeting today agreed to extend the MCO 2.0 enforced across the country from February 5 to February 18.”

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Malysia Senior Defence Minister via the Malay Mail

The current MCO is less strict than the one imposed last year with manufacturing, construction and various services allowed to remain operating.

Malaysia has so far recorded 219,173 cases of Covid-19 and 770 deaths.

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