Malaysia extends countrywide lockdown by two more weeks
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Wednesday announced a 14-day extension of a countrywide lockdown to contain prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.
The lockdown, which originally was set to expire on March 31, will now continue until April 14.
The Prime Minister urged the people not to worry as there is enough stock of food in the country. He also said that there is no choice but to extend the period of lockdown for citizen’s safety.
Around 20,000 army members were deployed to ensure social distance during this period while police members are also field working to curb the spread of the new virus.
While talking about Malaysian economy hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, the PM said the government will announce another stimulus package on Friday (March 27) to help ease the financial burden of the country.
That comes on top of the 20 billion ringgit (about $4.75 billion) financial assistance the government announced on Feb 27 in a bid to boost the economy.
Country’s Human Resource Ministry ordered all institutions to pay their employees amid this outbreak of new virus.
A total of 1,796 was infected with the new virus while seventeen died till March 25, according to the latest Worldometer statistics.