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Malaysia declares state of emergency on surging COVID-19 cases

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 12/01/2021 (10:16)
According to media reports, Malaysia’s king declared a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday upon the request of the country’s prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

The decision led to suspension of the parliament for the first time in over a century while elections will not be held until the end of the state of emergency, which could be extended until August 1, Muhyiddin Yassin reportedly said.

On Monday, Muhyiddin Yassin imposed a 14-day lockdown and a travel ban in the capital Kuala Lumpur along with five states starting from Wednesday. The announcement came in line with the rapid increase in new COVID-19 cases, with the number of daily infections reaching record-high last week.
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