March 18, 2020 / 1:32 PM / 13 days ago

Malaysia may extend travel, business curbs if coronavirus spread persists

Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin speaks next to Minister of International Trade and Industry Azmin Aliduring a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/Files

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s government on Wednesday said it may consider extending a restriction of movement order if it fails to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the current curbs, which started on Wednesday and last until the end of March, will only work if the public abide by the restrictions which he said were to “break the chain of infection”.

“Hence, it is important for all of us to separate ourselves and our families from exposure to the COVID-19 virus by staying at home,” Muhyiddin said in a televised address.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; editing by Jason Neely

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