In an effort to prevent imported COVID-19 cases, Malaysia announced its plan to bar entry of long-term immigrant pass holders from India, Indonesia and the Philippines — neighbor countries that currently happen to be pandemic hot spots.
Just two days earlier, however, the country reported 17 new cases, 15 of which came overseas. Health officials are bracing for a surge in imported infections in response to case increases in countries entering the winter months, the Straits Times reported.
The entry ban on India, Indonesia and the Philippines is a precautionary measure consistent with curtailing imported cases. It starts on Sept. 7 and applies to permanent residents, expatriates, students and individuals on spouse visas and participants of a program called My Second Home.
“We have asked the Health Ministry to make detailed planning on how Malaysia should face threats and challenges in view of the possibility of an increase in cases during winter,” Ismail Sabri said, according to The Star. “We have started tightening border controls by not allowing people from the three countries to enter.”
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