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Different Meaning of ‘Lockdown’ in Indonesia and Malaysia

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Indonesia and Malaysia are both facing a new wave of Covid-19 infections. The pandemic situation in the two countries was also exacerbated by the spread of the Delta corona variant which spreads more quickly.

Since June 1, Indonesia and Malaysia have tightened restrictions on social movements to contain the spread of Covid-19, which continues to increase.

The government of Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin implemented a strict national lockdown (Movement Control Order/MCO) on June 1 which is still in effect today.

The lockdown took effect several days after Malaysia recorded the highest Covid-19 record at that time, which was up to 9,020 cases in a day on May 29.

At the beginning of the lockdown, Covid-19 cases in Malaysia had decreased. However, the corona infection has skyrocketed again in the last few days shortly after PM Muhyiddin considered easing restrictions for residents who had completed their corona vaccination.

On July 15, the neighboring country recorded a record case of Covid with 13,215 cases in a day. On Monday (19/7), Malaysia still recorded 10,972 new Covid-19 cases in a day.

Director General of the Malaysian Ministry of Health, Noor Hisham Abdullah said the increase in new cases was partly due to widespread Covid-19 screening, especially in emergency lockdown areas and factories.

Launching The Straits Times, Hisham also said that more and more residents, especially in the Klang Valley, were carrying out voluntary Covid-19 checks.

In addition, Hisham also blamed the spread of the Delta corona variant as one of the masterminds behind the increase in Covid-19 infections. According to him, the Delta variant, which can be transmitted via air, makes Covid-19 transmission spread much more quickly.

“We were told that the cases of Covid-19 with the Delta variant were dominant here,” Hisham said at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on July 14 last.

Hisham even predicted that the rate of transmission of Covid-19 would still increase in at least the next two weeks before gradually stagnating and declining.

The nature of some people who are still ignorant of the lockdown rules is also considered to worsen the Covid-19 situation in the neighboring country. As long as the MCO is in effect, Malaysians are prohibited from traveling unless it is an emergency, including interstate travel.

However, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) said that there are still people who use inter-state travel permits for essential sector workers to violate the lockdown rules.

As a result, the police will suspend travel permits for essential sectors during this Eid al-Adha holiday.

“To avoid irresponsible parties abusing the permit, all patrol officers at the state border are ordered not to accept travel permits for interstate travel,” said Royal Malaysian Police Chief (PDRM), Acryl Sani Abdullah, in a statement on Saturday (17/17). /7 nights.

During the MCO, the Malaysian government prohibits all non-essential social and economic activities from operating. In this phase, only economic activities and essential social services can operate.

All offices operating in the non-essential sector are required to implement 100 percent work from home.

All indoor and outdoor sports and recreational activities are also prohibited during the MCO. A number of services, such as salons, spas, internet cafes, to fitness centers also remain closed.

The Malaysian government also closed all tourism sites including museums, galleries, cultural centers, recreational parks, and libraries. Shopping centers such as malls and shops were also completely closed.

Events that invite crowds such as weddings, reunions, concerts, to face-to-face schools are also prohibited.

In addition, Malaysians are also prohibited from traveling between states, where citizens are only allowed to travel within a radius of 10 kilometers from where they live.

Every citizen is also prohibited from leaving the house after 20.00. Every day during the MCO, only two people per household are allowed to go out to buy necessities such as markets, supermarkets, pharmacies, and hospitals.

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