As of December 21, 2020, Malaysia has 93,909 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 437 related deaths. Due to a cluster of cases associated with an international religious gathering in Kuala Lumpur in late February, the government banned international travel, mandated 14-day quarantines for international arrivals and implemented a nationwide “Movement Control Order” (MCO) on March 16. The MCO banned all non-essential activities and businesses (including schools and religious services) and authorized local 14-day lockdowns to quash emerging clusters. In May, the MCO was relaxed to allow the reopening of non-essential businesses and interstate travel (under the Conditional MCO, or CMCO), while small public gatherings and in-person schooling resumed in June (under the Recovery MCO, or RMCO). Travel to Singapore for itinerant work and business was restored in July, though arrivals must quarantine for ten days in designated facilities. Following a second and third wave in October and November, the CMCO was reinstated for almost the entire country in November. Though most states have since returned to RMCO since early December, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Selangor remain under CMCO until December 20.

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