Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob today announced that the total lockdown which began on June 1 will continue until June 28.
In a statement, he said the health ministry had debated the matter and suggested the extension at a meeting of the National Security Council chaired by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today.
He said the decision was made taking into account the continuing trend of over 5,000 new infections reported daily.
“SOPs for factory, business and industrial activities remain unchanged,” he added.
The lockdown, the first of three phases, was initially scheduled to run from June 1 to 14.
Putrajaya had said that Phase Two would be implemented if the first phase succeeds in reducing the number of daily Covid-19 cases.
The second phase, to run for four weeks, would see the reopening of several economic sectors that do not involve large gatherings, while the third phase would be the movement control order as was practised before the total lockdown was enforced.