Malaysia ready to close major economic sectors if MCO fails to curb Covid-19: Sources

Malaysia ready to close major economic sectors if MCO fails to curb Covid-19: Sources

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia is preparing to close down major economic sectors that have been allowed to operate during its reimposed movement control order (MCO) that has so far failed to slow the rate of coronavirus infections.

Multiple industry and government sources confirmed to The Straits Times that the Health Ministry wants to impose a total lockdown to shut down all economic activity except for essential services, once the current three-week MCO expires on Feb 4, if no improvements are shown in curbing the deadly virus that on Saturday (Jan 23) claimed a record 4,275 new patients.