This month alone, more than 1,200 deaths have been recorded, compared with 471 during the whole of 2020. Last week, Malaysia reported record daily cases for five consecutive days and announced its highest daily rise since the start of the pandemic on Saturday, when 9,020 new infections were reported.
Under new lockdown rules, which will be introduced on Tuesday, only two people from each household will be allowed to go out to buy essentials or seek medical treatment within 10km of their home. Sports activities such as jogging that do not involve physical contact are permitted but only between 7am and 8pm. Schools and shopping malls will be shut.