Malaysia ready to close major economic sectors if MCO fails to curb Covid-19: Sources

Malaysian Health Ministry updates consistently show that workplaces are becoming the primary source of Covid-19 clusters.
Malaysian Health Ministry updates consistently show that workplaces are becoming the primary source of Covid-19 clusters.PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia is preparing to shut down most of its economy if coronavirus cases continue to surge, sources say, after existing movement controls have so far failed to contain the spread of infections.

Several industry and government sources have confirmed to The Straits Times that the Health Ministry wants to impose a total lockdown on all economic activity except for essential services, once the current movement control order (MCO) expires on Feb 4, if there is no improvement in case numbers.

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