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Malaysia declares total lockdown to stop COVID-19 surge

Economy to shut down for two weeks, except for essential services

A virtually deserted street in Kuala Lumpur on May 11: The Malaysian government has announced even tighter restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia will enter a nationwide lockdown from June 1 to halt rising COVID-19 infections in the country, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Friday.

All areas of economic and social activity will be shut down for two weeks, apart from a few essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies and restaurants, according to a statement from Muhyiddin's office

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