Total lockdown in Malaysia

By S. Harrish

MALAYSIA will be placed under a total lockdown for 14 days starting June 1 as Covid-19 cases reached a record high of 8,290 infections today.

The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that all economic sectors will not be allowed to operate except for essential economic and services sectors.

The National Security Council will list out the sectors that will be allowed to operate.

The lockdown will be imposed in phases with the first phase lasting two weeks. If this brings the number of cases down, the government will implement phase two of the lockdown.

The four-week second phase will allow reopening of economic sectors that does not involve large gatherings and also allows social distancing.

After this, the third phase will be similar to the current MCO imposed nationwide.

The PMO said the decision to move between the phases will be based on the risk assessments by the Health Ministry, which will based on daily cases and hospital capacities.