Malaysia Live Updates
- Malaysian health authorities on Monday reported 134 new coronavirus cases, raising the cumulative total to 4,817 as Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy sees a plateau in the number of new infections reported over the past 10 days.
- The authorities also reported one new death, a participant at a religious gathering that was responsible for more than a third of the total confirmed cases in the country, bringing the total number of fatalities to 77.
- The Prime Minister announced an extension of the restriction of movement order by another two weeks until April 14. He also announced a second stimulus package.
- The country announces a second US$58 billion stimulus package to counter the economic impact of COVID-19.
- Malaysia’s King and Queen are under quarantine after seven palace staff test positive for COVID-19.
- The latest cases are reported from a religious gathering, which was attended by 16,000 people including 14,500 Malaysians. Approximately half of the total cases in the country are being reported from the group. The government is trying to track down more than 2,000 Rohingya men who attended the event and are yet to come forward to get tested as they are considered as illegal immigrants.
- The state of Sarawak announced a stimulus package of RM1.15bn ($263bn) for the state to deal with the economic impact of the outbreak. The government also announced deferring of loan payments, waiver of payments and discounts on basic government services.
- Hulu Langat in Selangor, which has reported a rise in cases, has been placed under enhanced MCO restricting people from leaving their homes even for essential needs. More than 3,900 residents from 700 homes will not be allowed to leave their homes between 30 March and 13 April.