Confirmed cases: 115,010
Malaysia remains closed to international tourists at this time. On 1st January, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob confirmed the existing Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) was extended until 31st March, 2021. It had previously been scheduled to expire on 31st December, 2020.
Sabri confirmed that pubs and nightclubs will remain closed, while activities involving large crowds are also not allowed. Restaurants are permitted to open and operate, with safety measures in place. “Tourism activities would be based on the announcement by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) previously, but they must comply with strict SOPs,” explained the minister.
On 30th December the Government reported 1,870 new Covid-19 infections. Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that 1,868 are local transmissions, while two are imported. Another 745 patients have made a full recovery recently, bringing the total cured and discharged to 87,460 (79.2% of all cases). The number of recoveries has since risen to more than ninety thousand.
Last Saturday (26/12) Malaysia logged a record high number of daily cases since the start of the pandemic, with 2,335 infections. Kuala Lumpur made up the largest share (31.2%) of the new infections, with 728 cases. This was followed by Selangor with 710 cases and Johor with 412 cases.
In response, Malaysia has stepped up its mandatory testing for Covid-19, especially among foreign workers. Screening started from 1st January in high-risk states (Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Penang and Sabah), along with the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan. According to Human Resources Minister M. Saravanan, a total of 68,460 foreign workers had already been screened in these areas as of 27th December. For other states, mass testing will begin in February.
Despite a recent spike in cases, the overall trends in Malaysia give reason for optimism. On 7th December the government lifted restrictions on interstate travel nationwide. Police permits will no longer be required for travel between districts, except in areas that remain under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO). Several districts have also been cleared, or had their danger rating lowered following progress in eradicating or containing the virus. For example, the number of Covid-19 red zones in Sabah was reduced from 12 to 11 districts on 26th December. There are already seven yellow and two green zones in Sabah.
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