May 11, 2021

Malaysia declares a nationwide lockdown after daily cases reached 3807 Featured

Malaysia has imposed a new nationwide lockdown after the country detected 3807 positive cases on Monday.

The country is now grappling with highly infectious variants that the government said are testing its health system, according to the foreign media.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has said all inter-state and inter-district travel will be banned, along with social gatherings.

Educational institutions will be shut but economic sectors will be allowed to continue, Muhyiddin said, without elaborating.

"Malaysia is facing a third wave of Covid-19 that could trigger a national crisis," Muhyiddin said in a statement, adding that the lockdown measures will continue until June 7.

The premier said the lockdown was necessary due to the existence of new coronavirus variants with higher infection rates and growing constraints on the public health system.

Malaysia has seen a spike in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, with the country reporting 3,807 new cases on Monday.

It has now seen a total of 444,484 cases and 1,700 deaths.

Malaysia is under a state of emergency, which was declared by Muhyiddin in January to curb the spread of Covid-19.