KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Monday night (March 16) a lockdown on the country, starting from March 18 until 31, in a bid to stem the rising number of coronavirus cases.
“The government has decided to implement a lockdown, starting March 18, 2020, that is, the day after tomorrow until March 31, 2020, nationwide,” he said in an address to the nation telecast live.
“I hope that you will be patient in facing this challenge. Do not panic, do not be anxious, and stay calm. I believe that with these measures by the government, we will be able to combat the spread of this outbreak soon.”
He urged everyone to abide by the lockdown, adding that the national security council will meet daily to monitor the situation.
He also said that food and medical supplies including face masks will be sufficient.
The lockdown includes a ban on mass gatherings, including religious, sports, social and cultural events.
All Malaysians will be barred from traveling abroad. For those who are returning from overseas, they must undergo a health inspection and undergo self-quarantine for 14 days.
There will also be a ban on all foreign tourists and visitors.
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