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Malaysia PM orders ‘total lockdown’ amid COVID-19 surge

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Malaysia PM orders ‘total lockdown’ amid COVID-19 surge

A police officer stands guard at a roadblock during lockdown ahead of the Eid al-Fitr celebrations in an effort to prevent a large-scale transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

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Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the stricter lockdown from June 1 to 14 is for all social and economic sectors, and that only essential services will remain in operation

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday, May 28, announced a nationwide “total lockdown” starting in June as coronavirus infections in the country surged to record levels.

Muhyiddin said the stricter lockdown from June 1 to 14 was for all social and economic sectors, and that only essential services would remain in operation.

The COVID-19 spread in the Southeast Asian nation in recent weeks has been more severe, partly due to highly transmissible coronavirus variants. Hospitals are also strained.

“With the latest rise in daily cases showing a drastically upward trend, hospital capacity across the country to treat COVID-19 patients are becoming limited,” Muhyiddin said in a statement.

Malaysia reported 8,290 new coronavirus cases on Friday, its fourth straight day of record infections and bringing the total number of cases to 549,514.

It also reported 61 deaths. The number of daily fatalities have been rising, with a record daily toll of 63 earlier this week. – Rappler.com