March 16, 2020 / 2:58 PM / 24 days ago

Malaysia restricts travel, shuts schools and businesses to combat coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective mask walks past empty shelves at a supermarket, following the outbreak of coronavirus, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia said it would restrict travel, ban public gatherings and order schools, universities and most shops to shut from Wednesday in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said there would be a ban on Malaysians traveling overseas and on visitors entering the country under a restricted movement order imposed from March 18 to March 31.

Only shops selling essentials, including food stores and pharmacists, would be allowed to stay open, he said in a televised address.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan

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