PUTRAJAYA MAY 18: A “total lockdown” with the closure of social and economic sectors will be imposed nationwide for two weeks effective 1st June until 14th Jun 2021 as announced by the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin after chairing the National Security Council (MKN): COVID-19 Management here today.
The Prime Minister made the announcement via a media statement stating that all sectors are not allowed to operate except the economic and service sectors that will be listed by MKN.
“If the “total lockdown” in the first phase is successful to reduce the daily COVID-19 cases, the government will implement “phase two lockdown” that is to allow several economic sectors to operate without involving big gathering and where physical distancing could be adhered to.
“The “phase two lockdown” will be implemented for four weeks after the “first phase lockdown” ends,” Muhyiddin said in the statement.
The Prime Minister added, after the “phase two lockdown” has ended, the next move will be Phase Three that is implementing the Movement Control Order (MCO) like what has been enforced now where social activities will be banned and almost all economic sectors are not permitted to operate with stringent standard operating procedure (SOP) in place and the physical presence at the work place is limited.
Following the government’s decision to close the economic and social sectors, the Ministry of Finance will make detailed package assistance for the people and the economic sectors that are affected. The package assistance will be announced shortly.
Earlier Muhyiddin said the government decided to impose the full lockdown after taking into consideration the daily COVID-19 cases has reached 8,000 with 70,000 active cases.
“Currently, 2,552 people had died due to COVID-19 infection and the numbers are increasing. The existence of new variant that is more aggressive with high infectivity rate and spreading fast are among the factors contributing to the decision made today,” Muhyiddin said. –Malaysia World News