KUALA LUMPUR — March 16, 2020: The country will be placed under restricted lockdown from Wednesday to March 31, 2020, in a move to restrict the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak after a spike in the number of cases in the last few days.
A total of 125 new cases were reported as of noon today, bringing the total to 553. Yesterday there were 190 new cases, with most of those confirmed since the weekend being participants of a recent religious event in Sri Petaling.
The order on the movements is made under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act and the Police Act.
In making the announcement tonight, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the order entails comprehensive restrictions on movements and public gatherings throughout the country, including religious, sports, social and cultural activities.
Many countries decided to impose a similar lockdown from about a week ago due to the pandemic.
With the enforcement of this order, all houses of worship and businesses should be closed, except for supermarkets, wet markets, grocery shops and convenience stores selling daily necessities.
This also means that all pre-schools, other schools, tahfiz centres and other educational institutions, both public and private, must be closed.
Malaysians are also prohibited from travelling overseas during this period while all foreigners, both tourists and other visitors, are barred from entering the country.
Malaysians returning home from abroad will need to be on a 14-day self-quarantine.
But although all government and private premises will be closed, those providing essential services will not be affected.
These are those involved in water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, postal, transport, irrigation, oil, gas, fuel, lubricants, broadcasting, finance, banking, health, pharmaceutical, fire services, prison, port, airport, security, defence, cleaning, retail and food supplies.