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Malaysia-Singapore Border Not Going To Open Any Time Soon Due To Spike In Cases Here

Malaysia-Singapore Border Not Going To Open Any Time Soon Due To Spike In Cases Here

Johor is feeling the blow.

Hakim Hassan

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It’s unlikely for the Malaysia-Singapore to reopen any time soon after the Malaysia has recorded a spike in Covid-19 cases recently, including in Johor, the state closest to the island nation, based on reports by Bernama.

In the report, Johor’s Chief Minister Datuk Ir Hasni Mohamad admitted that this is a blow to the state considering its economy is dependent on Singapore.

We really want to open the border as soon as possible because the Johor economy depends on the neighbouring country for employment opportunities and the cross-border economy that is to Johor’s advantage. However, with the increase in COVID-19 cases, our efforts to open the border have been delayed

Johor’s Chief Minister Datuk Ir Hasni Mohamad via Bernama

He said that the increase involves several districts in the state and is grateful that the Federal government chose to implement the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in certain areas instead of the whole state.

Based on the daily stats by the Ministry of Health, Johor recorded 33 new cases yesterday – 28 from existing clusters and 5 from Covid-19 screenings and currently has 220 active cases.

The border was closed after Malaysia went into the Movement Control Order (MCO) to stop the spread of the coronavirus, affecting many Johoreans who commute to Singapore daily for work.

Singapore started to tighten border measures as cases continue to climb here, based on reports from The Star.

As a response, the republic’s Minsitry Of Health said that those who enter the country from 22 November will be required to serve a stay-home notice (SHN) for 14 days.

It applies to travellers who enter Singapore under the Periodic Commuting Agreement (PCA) and returning Singapore-based travellers under the Singapore – Malaysia Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL).

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