The Malaysian government announced it will be placing a nationwide lockdown in light of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement was made officially by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Malaysia will have its state imposed lockdown running from 18 March until 31 March 2020.

While the country has announced its decision for a nationwide lockdown, Malaysia has confirmed a total of 553 COVID-19 positive cases while the country has so far not reported on any fatalities.

Though there were no fatalities reported, Malaysia remains with the highest number of positive cases reported in the SouthEast Asian region.

Meanwhile the country had also imposed a temporary close down on public venues such as mosques following a rapid outbreak of the virus. The close down remained for a period of 10 days.

The SouthEast Asian country also has a large number of Maldivians residing in the country for various purposes.