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Malaysia to impose some movement restrictions in capital over COVID-19

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia on Monday announced that it will impose some restrictions on movement in its capital city and in the neighbouring state of Selangor from Wednesday, as the country grapples with a fresh surge of coronavirus cases.

The government will bring in curbs on activities, ranging from attending schools and places of worship to playing sports, from Oct. 14 till Oct 27, Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.

“However, all economic activities in Selangor, the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will be allowed to operate as usual,” Ismail Sabri said in an address broadcast over Facebook Live.

The minister said the government will also extend limited movement restrictions to the entire state of Sabah, a key palm oil producing state.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Editing by Ed Davies