Malaysia ex­tends lock­down

Fiji Sun - - ASIA/CHINA/PACIFIC NEWS -

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s Prime Min­is­ter Muhyid­din Yassin on Sun­day (May 10) ex­tended the coun­try’s con­di­tional stay-at-home or­der by an­other four weeks, to June 9. The Prime Min­is­ter said that al­though new COVID-19 cases are lower now than at the start of the move­ment curbs, the fight is not yet over.

“Even though we have achieved pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments in the war against COVID-19, we haven’t fully suc­ceeded yet,” he warned, adding that most Malaysians want the gov­ern­ment to take the nec­es­sary steps to fight the spread of the virus.

“There­fore, based on ad­vice from the Health Min­istry and the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, I wish to an­nounce that the con­di­tional move­ment con­trol or­der that runs un­til May 12 ... will re­main in force un­til 9 June.”

Malaysia first im­posed move­ment curbs on March 18, as coro­n­avirus cases be­gan to rise sharply. Schools and non-es­sen­tial busi­nesses were shut, and peo­ple were con­fined to their homes ex­cept to buy food, es­sen­tial items or to seek med­i­cal.

Straits Times

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