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[Just In] Economic Restrictions To Be Enforced To Flatten The Curve

[Just In] Economic Restrictions To Be Enforced To Flatten The Curve

All businesses will close at 8pm, there will be more roadblocks, and more people will have to work from home.

Azizul Rahman Ismail

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Malaysia will enter a social and economical lockdown as a response to record breaking high number of Covid-19 infections. 

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a press conference today announced that businesses across the country will only be allowed to operate from 8am to 8pm. 

Additionally there will be more roadblocks across the country and both government staff and the public sector will be directed to work from home. 80% of government staff will work from home while 40% of the public sector will have to do the same.

The capacity of public transport across the country will also be reduced to 50%. 

All these additions to the current MCO 3.0 rules focus on the economic sector as an addition to the social restrictions already in place. 

These new rules will be enforced on 25 May. 

Ismail Sabri notes that changes, such as the loosening of the rules, will be made as situations change and if the infection curve is flattened.

The decision was made after a meeting between the National Security Council and Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to review the data provided by the Ministry of Health yesterday evening.

The meeting also resulted in a special task force consisting of the Health Ministry, Finance Ministry, International Trade and Industry Ministry, and Bank Negara Malaysia.

We will share more details regarding the new SOP as they come in.

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