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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — The Malaysian Government is considering making the wearing of masks in public compulsory, said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday (20 July).

In a televised address today, Muhyiddin expressed his concern on the formation of 13 new clusters during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period, which began on 10 June and will be in place until 31 August.

“What worries me more is that the [daily] COVID-19 positive cases have reached double digits again since several days ago … I am sure all of you would not want the Government to impose a lockdown again if there is a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases,” he said.

“It is enough that all of us have spent three months isolating at home to break the chain of COVID-19 infections. Our economy has been severely affected, businesses have to grapple with losses, and many have lost their jobs. Surely we do not want to go back to living under such conditions during lockdown,” Muhyiddin added.

He noted that more details will be announced once the relevant regulations on public mask-wearing are finalised by the Government.

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