KUALA LUMPUR, NETRALNEWS.COM - Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yasin has announced that the Malaysian government have decided to carry out lockdown from March 18 to March 31, 2020, in all states.
"The movement's escort order was made under the Law on Prevention and Protection Against Infectious Diseases 1988 and the 1967 Police Act," Muhyiddin said in a special speech about COVID-19 at the Prime Minister's Office of Malaysia, on Monday night, (03/16/2020) .
The lockdown or quarantine, includes: First, the total prohibition of mass movement and mass gathering activities throughout the country, including religious, sports, social and cultural activities.
"To enforce this prohibition, all houses of worship and trade establishments should be closed, except for convenience stores (Pasaraya), grocery stores, public markets, shops and convenience stores that sell daily necessities," he said.
Specifically for Muslims, he said, the suspension of all religious activities in mosques, including Friday prayers, was determined based on the decision of the Special Muzakarah Committee Deliberation which had convened on March 15, 2020.
Second is the overall restriction of all Malaysians traveling abroad. "For those who have just returned from abroad, they are asked to undergo a medical examination and perform quarantine voluntarily (or self quarantine) for 14 days," he said.
Third, restrictions on entry of all tourists and foreign residents. Fourth, the closure of all kindergartens, playgroups, public and private schools, including daily schools, full boarding schools, international schools, tahfiz centers, low-level, secondary and pre-university educational institutions.
Fourth, the closure of all government and private institutions of higher education (IPT) and vocational training institutes in all states. Sixth, the closure of all government and private institutions except those involved with important state services, namely water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, postal, transportation, irrigation, oil, gas, fuel, lubricants, broadcasting, finance, banking, health, pharmacy, FMD, prisons, ports, airports, safety, defense, cleaning, retail and food supplies."
"I realize that the brothers and sisters may feel that the actions taken by this government create problems and difficulties for the brothers and sisters to live their daily lives," Muhyiddin said.
However, he said, these actions need to be carried out by the government to stem the transmission of the COVID-19 outbreak and prevent deaths attributed to this latest coronavirus outbreak. In Malaysia, the number of cases of corona virus has suddenly increased sharply, namely 190 cases until Sunday night (3/15), followed by 125 new cases on Monday (3/16).
Thus, the total number of people infected with the COVID-19 outbreak in Malaysia is 553. Of these, as many as 511 people are being treated in hospitals, while 42 patients have recovered.