Malaysia’s shutdown extended to Apr 14: PM

Police personnel inspects a vehicle at a roadblock on Jalan Tun Dr Awang in Penang March 19, 2020. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 25, 2020, Malay Mail. The existing movement control order (MCO) enforced nationwide will be extended to April 14, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today, Malay Mail reported.

In his special address at the midway point of the original MCO period, Muhyiddin said he was briefed by the National Security Council (NSC) and the Health Ministry about the continued rise in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases.

“The trend is expected to continue for a while before new cases begin to subside. This means that the government must continue the MCO for a longer period of time.

“I am announcing the extension in advance so that my fellow citizens will be prepared,” he said.

Malaysia today entered the eighth day of the original two-week long movement control order to contain and break the chain of infection of the Covid-19 virus.

Up to 5pm yesterday, Malaysia recorded 1,624 Covid-19 infections with 1,426 active cases and a total of 183 patients recovered.

As of today, a total of 17 fatalities related to Covid-19 have been recorded.

“Those who are still at their hometowns need not rush back to Kuala Lumpur this weekend. Stay in your kampungs and don’t go anywhere. Those who should be returning to their hostels need not do so. Wait first. Offices that are still closed need not open. If there are important matters that need to be handled in the two-three weeks, plan them accordingly now.

“Please stay calm and don’t panic. Even though we have extended the MCO, you don’t have to unnecessarily stock up on food because the supply is sufficient. I assure you that food is enough for everybody.

“I know you feel burdened but I don’t have a choice. I have to extend the MCO for your own safety,” Muhyiddin added.

Muhyiddin also said the duration of the MCO will be studied from time to time and if there was a need to do so, it will be publicly announced.

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