Malaysia heading back into lockdown as coronavirus cases surge
Published: 05:25 PM, 12 January 2021
The Malaysian government announced the extension of the second phase of lockdown in six states including the nation's capital Kuala Lumpur till January 26 to prevent a surge in coronavirus infection cases in the country.
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced Monday, in a special televised speech addressing the nation, stricter lockdown rules in six states to combat the third wave of coronavirus while inter-state travel was taken under the ban in the country.
He said, "The "movement control order" (MCO) would be in force in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor and Sabah provinces from January 13 to January 26 on condition of anonymity to prevent the onset of the third wave of coronavirus in Malaysia. Besides, the various restrictions already announced by the government will remain in force as before."
The Prime Minister further said that the employers and employees of the MCO-covered states have been directed to work from home instead of offices.
On Monday, 2,232 cases were reported over the last 24 hours with four new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 555 in the country.