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Malaysia to reopen border April 1 in move toward 'endemic' COVID

PM Ismail Sabri says transition phase will help restore 'an almost normal life'

Malaysia will reopen its international border on April 1, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced, a month later than the national recovery council advised.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia will reopen its international borders on April 1, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced on Tuesday, allowing quarantine-free travel and tourism.

The move is part of a "transition phase" toward treating COVID-19 as endemic, the prime minister said in a live telecast, referring to plans to coexist with and manage the virus.

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