M'sia's MCO extended to May 12, but certain travel restrictions eased

Malaysia may consider easing additional restrictions if the infection rate remains low.

Sulaiman Daud | April 23, 2020, 08:54 PM

On Apr. 23, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced another extension to Malaysia's movement control order (MCO) until May 12.

However, due to the success in reducing the number of Covid-19 infections, Malaysia will begin to ease certain restrictions on movement within the country.

Easing of certain restrictions

Muhyiddin said that students currently living on campus will be allowed to return home soon.

They must first pass health checks to ensure that they are healthy. The government will make arrangements for their transport home.

Muhyiddin also announced that for people "stuck" in a place which is not their own home, due to the MCO, the government will consider allowing them to make one journey to another place of their choosing.

Likewise, they must pass health checks and seek permission from the government first, with transport arranged by the government.

Muhyiddin added: "Although we are seeing good results, we must still take precautions until we are certain there is no more Covid-19 in Malaysia."

If infections continue to decline, the government will consider loosening more restrictions.

Malaysia's Covid-19 recovery rate stands at 63 per cent, and it reported new cases of Covid-19 under 100 seven days in a row.

Ramadan with Covid-19

The month of Ramadan will begin tomorrow (Apr. 23), with traditional activities such as gathering to break fast at mosques to be suspended in light of the health situation.

Muhyiddin said that the month of Ramadan was a time for Muslims to endure hunger and thirst, but this year, the public had to battle the Covid-19 pandemic as well.

He wished everyone a safe Ramadan, and urged them to stay at home and eat together instead of going out to eat.

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