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Malaysians scramble as order restricting movement kicks in


A sudden weekend spike saw Malaysia’s coronavirus case count nearly treble to 553, prompting Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday to order a nationwide restriction of movement from today until March 31.

The order came just a day before the worst-hit country in South-east Asia announced its first deaths from the crisis – that of a 60-year-old pastor in Sarawak and a 34-year-old man in Johor.

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