Malaysia has today tightened restrictions nationwide in an effort to control the spread of Covid-19.
Picture Ipoh, Malaysia credit John T on Unsplash
The nationwide movement control order (MCO) will now see reduced public transport capacity and frequency, shorter opening hours for commercial premises and increased enforcement of restrictions, including roadblocks.
From tomorrow 80% of public servants and 40% of private sector employees will be required to work from home.
The measures however have been deemed insufficient by senior figures in the tourism industry who fear that they will lead to restrictions being in place for longer than a full lockdown.
“The tourism and hotel industry is of the opinion that the government needs to implement stricter and more effective measures such as a total lockdown, similar to MCO 1.0, to control the spread as soon as possible.”
“Limiting attendance at workplaces and operation hours of economic sectors will only prolong the situation.”N Subramaniam, President Malaysian Association of Hotels
The calls were echoed by Uzaidi Udanis, president of the Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association who has said that only a two-week long full lockdown would lower the infection rate.
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has said that a full lockdown would lead to serious long-term economic issues and needed to be avoided.
Malaysia has now recorded more than 512,000 cases and 2,248 deaths from Covid-19. Recent days have seen more than 6,000 new cases every 24 hours.
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