Malaysian Prime Minister on Friday announced an almost total coronavirus blockade in the country, with economic and social activities set to stop for two weeks to contain a worsening outbreak.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the decision to implement the closure from June 1 came after 8,000 new infections fell for the first time on Friday, prompting fears that the disease could get out of control.
Earlier this month, the government imposed a partial shutdown until June 7, stopping companies from closing to prevent a possible economic catastrophe. But new infections have risen since the recent Muslim Eid festival, crossing 6,000 on May 19 for the first time and rising to 8,290 on Friday.
This raised the total number of cases in the country to 549,514. He ministries of health It also reported another 61 deaths on Friday, bringing the count to 2,552, nearly 40 percent recorded this month alone. The total number of cases and deaths in Malaysia has multiplied by five compared to last year.
Muhyiddin said in a statement that all business activities will be closed from June 1 to 14 in the first phase of full closure, except for essential services.
If the daily cases are reduced, some economic sectors will be allowed to reopen in the second phase, which is expected to last four weeks, he said. After that, the country will return to current controls, with all companies authorized to operate, but not social activities.
Muhyiddin promised that the government will strengthen the health system to make sure it does not collapse and increase vaccinations.
This is the second national blockade in the country in more than a year. Last year a blockade severely affected the economy and the government resisted growing calls on another large scale confinement but yielded after the fugitive rise of new cases.
Earlier Friday, senior minister Ismail Sabri said many Malaysian ethnic Muslims violated COVID-19 security rules that prohibited them from visiting each other during the Eid festival.
He said 24 Eid clusters have been detected with 850 confirmed cases. He said many of the positive cases involved asymptomatic people.
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