Malaysia to impose two-week limited lockdown from 13 January

Author: Pearl Bantillo

2021/01/11

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Monday that a limited lockdown will be in place for two weeks from 13 January to contain the spread of coronavirus infections in the country.

Gatherings will be banned in five states - Melaka, Johor, Penang, Selangor and Sabah - and in the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya under a new movement control order (MCO), according to Singapore-based news daily The Straits Times.

"Our health system can no longer afford to handle 2,000 daily Covid-19 cases. Our healthcare system is at a breaking point,” the newspaper quoted the Prime Minister as saying.

Malaysia's newly reported coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours stood at 2,451.

As of 10 January 2021, Malaysia has a total of 133,559 confirmed infections, with 542 deaths, according to data from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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