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Malaysia bars migrant workers from three Asian countries

Restrictions on workers from India, Indonesia and the Philippines are part of efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19

UCA News reporter, Kuala Lumpur

UCA News reporter, Kuala Lumpur

Updated: September 04, 2020 08:59 AM GMT
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Malaysia bars migrant workers from three Asian countries

A member of the Royal Malay Regiment Guard of Honour holds a face mask amid concerns over the spread of Covid-19 in a rehearsal for Malaysia's National Day on Aug. 31. (Photo: AFP)

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No migrant workers from India, Indonesia and the Philippines will be allowed to enter Malaysia as of Sept. 7, the country’s government has announced.

The restriction will remain in place for an unspecified period and is part of an effort by Malaysian authorities to stop the spread of Covid-19 in a country that has recorded more than 9,300 cases of the potentially deadly disease with 128 deaths to date.

Officials have singled out India, Indonesia and the Philippines because these three countries have been experiencing large-scale outbreaks of the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

India has had nearly four million recorded cases of the disease at the latest count with almost 70,000 deaths attributed to it. The Philippines has recorded more than 225,000 cases and Indonesia has had nearly 200,000 cases.

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