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Malaysia to enter lockdown, closing border to foreigners

Citizens banned from leaving, while those who return undergo 14-day self-quarantine

A sign announces the closing of a mosque due to a disinfection in Kuala Lumpur on March 16.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia will initiate a national lockdown Wednesday, restricting the movement of citizens until the end of March, to combat a potential "second wave" of coronavirus cases in the country, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Monday.

Malaysians will be barred from leaving the country during this time, and all foreign tourist and visitor entries will be banned, Muhyiddin said in a live, televised announcement. He did not discuss whether the lockdown could be extended beyond the end of the month.

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