Straits Herald March 16, 2020

Malaysia has announced a nationwide Travel Restriction Order from 18th to 31st March 2020.

This is made to control the ongoing spread of Covid-19, the ever-sprawling problem of the coronavirus.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in a televised speech at 10pm Monday (16th March).

Muhyiddin stressed that this is not a curfew, but a controlled movement order in order to combat the ever growing spread of the virus.

To date, Malaysia has recorded over 600 cases, with just 50 cases that has been released from hospital.

There has been zero deaths recorded thus far in the country.

Essential services, such as broadcasting, banking, utilities and others remain unaffected.

The general prohibition involves the banning of mass movements and gatherings across the country including religious, sports, social and cultural activities.

To enforce this prohibition, all houses of worship and business premises must be closed except for supermarkets, public markets, convenience stores and convenience stores selling everyday necessities.

Specifically for Muslims, the adjournment of all religious activities in mosques, including Friday prayers.

All Malaysians who have just returned from overseas are required to undergo a health check and to do a quarantine (or self quarantine) for 14 days. There will be restrictions on the entry of tourists/foreigners to Malaysia.

Closure of all kindergartens, government and private schools including daily schools, boarding schools, international schools, tahfiz centers and other primary, secondary and pre-university institutions will be done.

The closure also involve all public and private higher education institutions and skills training institutes nationwide.

The closure also includes all government and private premises except those involved in essential services (water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, postal, transportation, irrigation, oil, gas, fuel, lubricants, broadcasting, finance, banking, health, pharmacy, fire, prison, harbor, airport, security, defense, cleaning, retail and food supply).

Further announcements are expected to be made by the authorities in the coming days.