Malaysia To Reimpose Lockdown To Curb Third Wave Of Covid-19

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Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced Monday to reimpose a full lockdown in its capital of Kuala Lumpur and five other states to stop the third wave of Covid-19.

In addition to Kuala Lumpur, a federal area, the states of Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, and Sabah also fall under.

The lockdown will be for two weeks beginning from tomorrow, 13 January, and will ban all social activities with the nationwide travel ban.

Anyone who will break the rule will face a maximum fine of 1,000 ringgit ($247), he warned.

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Unprecedented situations call for unprecedented measures.” The leader also warned that the country’s health care system is reaching a breaking point. Several hospitals are reaching maximum capacity“, said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

“Our health care system is under tremendous pressure now than at any other time since the start of the pandemic,” Muhyiddin said, adding that it is “at a breaking point.”

Meanwhile, Malaysia signed an agreement on Monday with US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. to source nearly 13 million doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, which will be shipped by the end of February.

The agreement is part of the first batch of 25 million cans that Malaysia will receive from Pfizer this year, which will cover 39 percent of the country’s 32 million residents with two cans each.

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