The current world problem, Covid-19, can’t be taken lightly now. Italy has decided to activate its lockdown protocol to slow down the spread of Covid-19 and was soon followed by Malaysia and other countries. What effect will take place on Malaysia’s neighbouring country? Read more to find out about lockdown in Malaysia, what is Singapore doing about it.
Malaysia has Gone into Lockdown
On 16 March 2020, Malaysia will bar citizens from going overseas and foreigners from entering the country for about two weeks starting Wednesday, said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. The rules are part of a restricted movement order which is established by the Malaysian government to prevent further spread of the COVID-19.
Reported by channelnewsasia.com, the government has also announced that a thorough heath check-up will need to be conducted as well as quarantine (if needed) once citizens are back to Malaysia form overseas. Foreigners are forbidden to enter the country at this period of time as the Prime Minister is also reassuring citizens that food and health equipment supplies are sufficient for the country.
Malaysia’s Lockdown Effect
The Minister of Manpower in Singapore, Josephine Teo, said that companies that got affected by Malaysia’s lockdown in midst of Covid-19 will receive S$ 50 for each worker per night for 14 days to cover their needs.
Furthermore, Teo also informed the public that workers who are affected by this latest news are encouraged to find accommodation with friends and families before staying in hotels and dormitories. “I’m confident that by the end of the day, any one of the affected workers that need to stay in Singapore will be able to find suitable accommodation.” Said Teo.
Actions Taken by Airlines
Singapore Airlines has eliminated all cancellation fees a few days ago for any travel plans before 15 March to 31 May 2020.
This step was then followed by Scoot on 16 March 2020 as Scoot is willing to give a full ticket refund. This will only apply to tickets purchased before 15 March until 31 March 2020 and will be applicable for 12 months.
That is the updates on Covid-19 in Singapore. Don’t forget to stay safe and practice a good hygiene to fight this virus!