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Malaysia imposes new nationwide COVID lockdown to curb surge

Muhyiddin announces gathering ban and other rules, warning of 'national crisis'

A police officer checks documents at a roadblock in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, on May 10.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday announced a fresh nationwide lockdown order with immediate effect, aiming to contain a relentless wave of COVID-19 cases.

The lockdown, which limits movements of people, is to last until June 7 and is subject to an extension, as with previous movement restrictions implemented off and on in the country since March last year.

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