Malaysia has commenced a strict nationwide lockdown to combat the worsening coronavirus outbreak as countries across Southeast Asia struggle with the resurgence of cases due to infectious strains.
A large part of the region managed to survive the first wave of the epidemic last year in relative safety; Because borders are closed quickly and restrictions are imposed.
However, countries from Thailand to Vietnam are being hit hard by an increase in new cases, with efforts to prevent an outbreak of the virus hampered by slow vaccination campaigns and a population tired of the restrictions.
Malaysia is among the most affected, among the nearly 2,800 deaths due to Covid-19 that have been recorded in the country with a population of 32 million since the start of the pandemic, more than 40% of them were last May.
Under what the Malaysian authorities described as the complete closure in effect from Tuesday, only basic firms such as supermarkets and medical clinics can operate, and people cannot go out unless necessary, and most schools are closed, in addition to the travel ban between most parts of the country for several months.