Malaysia declares state of emergency until August to contain covid

This content was published on 12 January 2021 – 05:35

Bangkok, Jan 12 (EFE) .- Malaysia declared a national state of emergency on Tuesday until August with the aim of combating the re-outbreak of covid-19 cases and serving to implement measures that relieve pressure in health centers.

King Abdullah of Pahang said in a statement that the country “is at a critical stage” due to the rapid spread of the virus, which in the last two months has claimed more deaths than in the previous 10 months, while hospitals they have 70% of the beds occupied.

The emergency measure was requested the day before by the prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, during a meeting with the monarch and after the president announced on Monday measures to restrict the internal movement of the population until the end of the month.

The Asian nation is currently suffering a significant rebound in infected with covid-19 and since the beginning of the pandemic has accumulated more than 138,000 confirmed cases, including 555 deaths.

The state of emergency also serves to maintain the political stability of the country at a time when the governing coalition has fissures between the forming parties and maintains a fragile majority in the Legislative.

“The Parliament and the regional legislative assemblies will not meet during the stipulated period of time,” said Muhyiddin, who in October saw the king reject a similar proposal to issue an emergency decree, during a televised speech, stating that they will not be held either. elections during these months. EFE

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