Malaysia declares nationwide lockdown as COVID-19 cases spike

Malaysia on Monday imposed a new nationwide lockdown, as the country grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases and highly infectious variants that the government said are testing its health system.

May 10, 2021: Malaysia is heading back into a nationwide lockdown as it deals with a surge in COVID-19 infections. From May 12, social gatherings will be banned and schools will be closed. The restrictions will remain in force until June 7. Malaysia reported 3,807 new cases on May 10, bringing the country’s total tally to over 444,000 and the death toll to 1,700.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said all inter-state and inter-district travel will be banned, along with social gatherings.

Educational institutions will be shut but economic sectors will be allowed to continue, Muhyiddin said, without elaborating.

“Malaysia is facing a third wave of COVID-19 that could trigger a national crisis,” Muhyiddin said in a statement, adding that the lockdown measures will continue until June 7.

The premier said the lockdown was necessary due to the existence of new coronavirus variants with higher infection rates and growing constraints on the public health system.

Malaysia has seen a spike in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, with the country reporting 3,807 new cases on Monday.

It has now seen a total of 444,484 cases and 1,700 deaths.

Malaysia is under a state of emergency, which was declared by Muhyiddin in January to curb the spread of COVID-19.

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/malaysia-declares-nationwide-lockdown-covid-19-cases-spike-2021-05-10/

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