Malaysia reopens economy


Heavy traffic returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday as the country allowed nearly all economic and business activities to resume following a period of lockdown amid coronavirus.

In place since 18th March, the easing of the lockdown comes days before it was due to end on 12th May and has sparked fears a sudden reopening of economic activities could see a new wave of infections.

Nearly 500,000 Malaysians have signed a petition urging the government to continue the movement control order (MCO).

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the country has incurred losses of RM63bn since the MCO was implemented on 18th March.

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