Malaysia: KL businesses partially reopen to cautious residents as measures eased

Shops and businesses were permitted to reopen amid an easing of COVID-19 measures in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. Strict rules have been implemented, including testing of all foreign workers for coronavirus and temperature checking before entering shopping centres. Many motorbikes and cars could be seen waiting in traffic, following the partial lockdown that began on March 18, which included... Еще roadblocks. «I feel a bit nervous since we got COVID-19 still around, so we have to be more cautious now,» said book store owner Jaguba Ali. Despite the overall happiness of beginning the return to normal, some residents raised concerns about how safety measures could be held up. «The good part is of course all the people get to go back to work and make their livings for [inaudible]. But of course the bad one, we take a bit more risk moving around with this pandemic still around,» added accountant Ho Ming Hon. On Friday, the country's Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that most businesses would be allowed to reopen if they complied with the conditional movement control order (CMCO). Other restrictions include mass gatherings and close body contact businesses where social distancing isn't possible, reportedly being banned. As of Monday, Malaysia has 6,535 confirmed cases and 105 related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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