Summary
Malaysia has extended movement curbs termed the conditional movement control order (CMCO) across Sabah State through at least Nov. 9 due to high local coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Most businesses can operate onsite with protocols, including operating 0600-1800 daily with half the regular workforce at any one time and ensuring that employees and customers adhere to a physical distancing of one meter from one another. Entertainment venues, including cinemas and night clubs, remain closed. Essential businesses and services, including medical facilities, can continue operating onsite. Most public transport remains suspended. Taxis and ride-hailing services can operate 0600-2000 daily. Educational institutions, entertainment venues, places of worship, wedding receptions, and cultural and sporting activities remain suspended. Only two persons from each household may leave their homes at a time to obtain essential supplies. The interstate travel ban will likely remain in place through the end of the CMCO period.

Additionally, officials have also extended the targeted enhanced movement control order (TEMCO), which is more severe than CMCO, in Kunak, Lahad Datu, Semporna, and Tawau districts in southeast Sabah through Nov. 9. Entry and exit restrictions are in effect for the localities; the measures also affect those who need to travel into or out of the districts for work. Only essential businesses and services can operate onsite.

Authorities will almost certainly continue to deploy additional security personnel and erect checkpoints across Sabah State, especially the areas implementing stricter protocols, to enforce the controls. Severe business and transport disruptions are likely in the affected districts during the movement restrictions. Officials may expand or further extend the measures if local COVID-19 activity remains high.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in the affected area. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

 

 

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