For two weeks all social and non-essential economic and service sectors will not be allowed to operate.
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A total lockdown will come into effect from 1 June till 14 June 2021, according to a statement that came from the office of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dated today (28 May 2021).
This means that for two weeks all social and non-essential economic and service sectors, as defined by the National Security Council (MKN), will not be allowed to operate.
This decision was made after taking into account the current situation of COVID-19 transmission in Malaysia as the daily number of cases has exceeded 8,000 and active cases exceeded 70,000. To date, a total of 2,552 people have died as a result of this epidemic and the number of deaths is increasing. The existence of new variants that are more virulent with high and fast infectious rates also affects today’s decision.Statement from Prime Minister’s Office dated 28 May 2021
The statement says that daily cases are rapidly increasing as of late and the capacity of hospitals to treat Covid-19 cases across the country are increasingly limited.
This lockdown will be considered Phase One and if it succeeds in reducing daily Covid-19 cases, the government will carry out Phase Two.
During Phase Two, which will last for four weeks after Phase One ends, some economic sectors will be allowed to operate that do not involve large gatherings and can practice physical distancing.
If Phase Two is also successful, Malaysia will go into Phase Three which is identical to the current Movement Control Order (MCO) during which social activities are not permitted but almost all economic sectors are allowed to operate subject to strict SOPs and limited physical presence at workplaces.
However, the decision to transition from one phase to the next phase will be subject to the risk assessment by the Health Ministry. The assessment will be made based on the development of daily cases and the capacity of hospitals across the country to treat Covid-19 patients.Statement from Prime Minister’s Office dated 28 May 2021
The government says they will ensure the public health system will not collapse and all manner of support and assistance will be given to the Health Ministry to increase the capacity of hospitals across the country. The government also said it would increase the vaccine rollout in the coming weeks in order to achieve herd immunity.
Following the government’s decision to implement a full closure of economic and social sectors, the Finance Ministry will detail assistance packages to the people and the affected economic sectors. An announcement on these assistance packages will be made soon.Statement from Prime Minister’s Office dated 28 May 2021
They also advise all Malaysians to remain disciplined and always adhere to established SOPs for breaking the chain of Covid-19 infection, and of course to advised everyone to STAY AT HOME, in order to flatten the infection curve.
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