Malaysian government imposed a new nationwide lockdown as the country battles against the surging number of coronavirus cases and highly infectious variants.
Millions of Malaysians are forced to forego the tradition of returning to their hometowns at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan since the new measures are enacted ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival.
“Malaysia is facing a third wave of COVID-19 that could trigger a national crisis,” Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement.
All inter-state and inter-district travel, as well as social gatherings, will be prohibited. Educational institutions will be closed, but economic sectors will be allowed to operate.
The nationwide lockdown will remain in effect until June 7.
Malaysia has recorded a total of 444,484 cases and 1,700 deaths.