Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced that Malaysia will close all economic and social sectors by implementing a “total lockdown” throughout the country.
The first phase of the lockdown will last from Jun 1 to Jun 14. This move was announced in a media statement posted on Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s Facebook page on Friday (May 28) night.
Only essential economic and service sectors listed by the National Security Council will be allowed to operate during Phase 1 of the lockdown, said the statement issued by Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
“This decision was made after taking into account the current situation of COVID-19 transmission in Malaysia with daily case numbers exceeding 8,000 and active cases exceeding 70,000,” the statement read.
More than 2,550 people in Malaysia have died from the disease.
If the phase 1 total lockdown is successful in reducing daily COVID-19 cases, the government will implement a four-week phase 2 lockdown by allowing the reopening of a few economic sectors that do not involve large gatherings.
Phase 2 lockdown will last four weeks.
The decision to move from one phase to the next will be subject to the health ministry’s risk assessment, and will be based on the daily caseloads and the hospitals’ capacity to treat COVID-19 patients.
Malaysia set a COVID-19 case record for the fourth straight day with 8,290 new infections, bringing the national total past 549,000. Sixty-one more COVID-19 fatalities, aged between 27 and 92 were reported, pushing Malaysia’s death toll to 2,552.
Source from Channelnewsasia.com