Malaysia is banning people from Philippines, India, and Indonesia from coming in. Here’s why.

What do the Philippines, Indonesia, and India have in common?

All three nations have seen a massive surge in COVID-19 cases in the recent weeks.

Some fear that the number of cases will only continue to rise due to the large population in all three nations. India is home to 1.4 billion people, while Indonesia and the Philippines have 267.7 million and 106.7 million people respectively.

Surge in cases.

Surge of cases in India is at worrying levels. IMAGE: Google.

India is now third, after the U.S. and Brazil when it comes to total number of cases. It’s also the highest Asian nation with close to 3.7 million of its people infected. Looking at stats, it appears that the number of cases are only expected to climb after 78,512 cases were recorded on August 31, 2020 alone, following the reopening of its economy.

The country now leads the world for the total number of cases between August 19 to September 1, 2020. It had recorded 988,424 cases, higher than the U.S. and Brazil.

Philippines is also seeing its number of cases climb. It currently leads the Southeast Asian region with 220,819 cases. Indonesia comes in second with 174,796 cases. The country also saw 100 of its doctors die because of the pandemic.

Not taking any chances.

 
100 doctors have died because of coronavirus.

Malaysia’s Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the country is not going to take any chances.

“Taking into account the increasing number of Covid-19 positive cases in several countries, the government is restricting entry for long-term pass holders from India, Indonesia and the Philippines effective Monday, September 7, 2020,” he said in a press conference.

The decision was made on the advice of Malaysia’s Health Ministry following a Special Cabinet Meeting on the Movement Control Order (MCO) implementation on September 1, 2020.

“This restriction includes permanent resident pass holders, Malaysia My Second Home participants, expatriates with Employment Pass category 1, Professional Visit Pass, Resident Pass, Spouse Visa, and students from these countries wishing to enter Malaysia,” Ismail said.

Ismail said should other nations experience a surge in COVID-19 cases, the same restrictions will be implemented.

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Cover image sourced from Head Topics and New Straits Times.