March 17, 2020 / 5:29 AM / 3 months ago

Malaysia to ban people from crossing Singapore border for two weeks - website

Commuters take the Woodlands Causeway to Singapore from Johor a day before Malaysia imposes a lockdown on travel due to the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia will bar people from crossing its border with Singapore as part of travel curbs that take effect from Wednesday until March 31 to rein in the spread of a coronavirus, a news website said on Tuesday.

“Not allowed from tomorrow until March 31,” the website, Malaysiakini, quoted the southeast Asian nation’s director-general of immigration, Khairul Dzaimee Daud, as saying.

Malaysia is a key source of staples for Singapore, which imports more than 90% of its food supplies. Tens of thousands of Malaysians commute daily to the wealthy city-state to work in businesses from restaurants to semiconductor manufacturing.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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