Malaysia has extended its nationwide lockdown order for an additional two weeks, now lasting through May 12, according to state news agency Bernama.
The restrictions were set to end on April 28.
The lockdown was first announced on March 18. Essential services were exempt, like health care, transportation and the food industry.
Malaysia has recorded 5,603 coronavirus cases, including 95 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the extension yesterday evening, on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims, in a national address on television.
"If this downward trend in (active) cases continues, the government may give some relaxation," Bernama quoted the Prime Minister as saying. On the other hand, if the lockdown is extended further, it could prevent people from celebrating Eid al-Fitr when Ramadan ends toward the end of May, he warned.
Muhyiddin called the lockdown a sacrifice by the people, saying national efforts had paid off in reducing the number of new cases reported daily, according to Bernama.