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Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has extended the Movement Control Order (MCO) for the third time. It will now end on 12 May 2020.
Speaking in a live news broadcast on 23 April 2020, PM Muhyiddin said that the reason for this third extension is because the Malaysian Government has yet to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control.
He also announced that restrictions could be extended further, or have the country re-opened in different phrases, depending on the COVID-19 situation.
Currently 37 days into the MCO, Malaysia has been on lockdown since 18 March 2020. The MCO was supposed to end on 31 March initially, but was first extended to 14 April 2020. It was extended the second time until 28 April.
Under the MCO, interstate and international travels are prohibited, while people are encouraged to stay at home unless they needed to buy food, groceries, medicine, or conduct essential services. Foreigners are also not permitted to enter the country.
Similar to Singapore, non-essential businesses had to close, while any form of mass gatherings had to be cancelled to break the chain of infection.
At time of writing, Malaysia has reported 5,603 confirmed cases, with 95 recorded deaths.
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