Malaysia has been preparing for a lockdown for two weeks as its government fights to crack down on many coronavirus cases.
The decision to stop social and economic activities from June 1 after new infections crossed 8,000 on Friday for the first time.
The country’s health ministry was announced on Saturday much higher number of cases—9,020 over the past 24 hours in the fifth straight day of recording new infections, bringing the total number of cases to 558,534, Malaysia Today is Free reports
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There were 61 reported deaths in COVID on Friday, bringing the total for the country to 2,552.
Early in May, the government announced part of the lockdown until June 7 but stopped closing businesses.
However, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Friday that all businesses would be closed except for essential services. from June 1 to 14.
If there is a drop in cases some sectors of the economy could also be reopened in the second phase, which will last four weeks.
“With the most recent increase in daily cases showing a rapid increase, the capacity of hospitals nationwide to treat COVID-19 patients has become limited,” he said in a statement. statement.
The government declared a state of emergency in January to prevent the spread of the virus, suspended parliament and halted political activities.
Nearly 300 billion ringgit ($ 72.60 billion) stimulus was also introduced.
Muhyiddin said his government would improve the healthcare system and increase the number of vaccinations even as critics said the launch of the jabs was slow, Reuters reported.
On Thursday, nearly 1.7 million people received at least one dose of a vaccine in the country’s nearly 33 million.
Meanwhile, senior minister Ismail Sabri It is said that on the feast of Eid, ethnic Malay Muslims violated the rules of COVID-19 which prohibited them from visiting each other, and added that 24 time periods were found to have 850 confirmed case, the Associated Press reported.
On Saturday the ministry of domestic affairs announced that 70,000 troops would be deployed across the country to enforce the lockdown.
Domestic activity minister Hamzah Zainudin urged people not to try to escape from towns to villages ahead of the lockdown, the newspaper reported. Sinar Harian reports
This was echoed by the general director of health, Noor Hisham Abdullah, who warned that people who violate the ban on interstate and intra-district travel put the health system at risk.
“The spread of the disease from one area to another has not helped us in the fight to prevent the spread from spreading,” he said in a statement, cited by Malay Mail.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department will disinfect 284 locations across the country, with a focus on Selangor recording the most new daily cases.
“More aggressive action needs to be taken and the areas covered including housing areas, markets etc. It is hoped that this effort will help reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the state,” the minister said. of local government Zuraida Kamaruddin. reporter, sum of Malay Mail.
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