Movement restrictions in Malaysia extended to March 4
Published: 09:42 PM, 16 February 2021
The Malaysian government on Tuesday said that it will extend the movement control order in several areas till March 4 in order to control the spread of COVID-19.
Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who coordinates the implementation of COVID-19 restrictions, told a press briefing that restrictions were already in place in Kuala Lumpur, the adjacent Selangor state, Johor state, and Penang state.
A conditional movement control order will be implemented in other parts of the country and some measures have been eased such as the lifting of a 10-km travel limit, but inter-state and inter-district travel remains banned.
Meanwhile, Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah told a separate press conference that 2,720 new COVID-19 cases have been reported, bringing the national total to 269,165.
Another eight deaths have been reported, pushing the death toll to 983. A total of 5,718 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total cured and discharged to 224,053 or 83.2 percent of all cases.
Of the remaining 44,129 active cases, 253 are being held in intensive care units and 118 of those are in need of assisted breathing.