Malaysia Extends Movement Control Order (MCO) For Another Two Weeks, Until 28 April

Motorist Malaysia Pm Muhyiddin Yassin(Photo Credit: The Star)

Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced that the Movement Control Order (MCO) will be extended for another two weeks, until 28 April 2020.

Speaking in a live address earlier, PM Muhyiddin said that the MCO has helped reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Malaysia.

In addition, the MCO has also controlled the growth of positive cases to a rate of 7%, which is below the 10% benchmark set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Under the MCO, Malaysian citizens are barred from going overseas and are encouraged to stay at home unless they needed to purchase medicine, groceries, or conduct essential services. On the other hand, foreigners are not permitted to enter the country.

Just like the Circuit Breaker measures in Singapore, non-essential businesses and schools were closed. Similarly, mass gatherings for religious, sporting, social and cultural events were cancelled or banned.

For those unaware, this is the second time that the Malaysia PM has extended the MCO. The first phase of the MCO was supposed to end on 31 March, but was pushed back until 14 April 2020.

At time of writing, Malaysia has 4,228 confirmed cases and 67 reported deaths.

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