Top News Malaysia extends MCO to Kuala Lumpur, other areas By TTG Asia / Posted on 7 May, 2021 12:28 More areas in Malaysia have been placed under the movement control order (MCO), joining six districts from Selangor that begun their 12-day MCO yesterday (May 6). Kuala Lumpur and parts of Johor, Perak and Terengganu have been placed under a two-week MCO, starting from today (May 7). The development comes as daily Covid-19 cases in the country continue to rise, edging closer to 4,000. Kuala Lumpur to start a two-week lockdown from today During the MCO period, interstate and inter-district travel are prohibited for affected areas, except for emergency and work purposes. While dine-ins are not allowed, food establishments are allowed to operate from 06.00 to midnight to offer takeaways. Daily markets, farmers’ markets, public and weekend markets can operate from 06.00 to 14.00; while hospitals, clinics and medical labs are allowed to operate as normal. Social gatherings such as wedding receptions, engagement parties and retreats are not permitted. The government has also imposed a temporary ban for travellers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Senior minister (security cluster), Ismail Sabri Yaakob, said the ban was applicable to all pass-holder categories, including long-term social visit pass holders, business travellers and social visitors. However, exemption is given to diplomatic and official passport holders as stipulated in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations in 1961. On Wednesday (May 5), Malaysia recorded 3,744 new Covid-19 cases nationwide, with Selangor topping other states with 1,548 cases. Of this number, 1,051 originated from clusters and close contact with Covid-19 positive cases, health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement. Seventeen Covid-related deaths nationwide were also reported on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 1,591.