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Health minister: No Covid-19 lockdown, it's fake news

There is no 'lockdown' order in Malaysia today due to Covid-19 as has been trending on social media.

Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said on his official Facebook account that the infographic on a 'lockdown' in the country on March 16 (today) from 8am to 10 pm was false.

“Please stop spreading false rumors like this,” he said.

Since this afternoon, an infographic shared by netizens via Facebook and Whatsapp with the #Malaysialockdown hashtag had gone viral.

The infographic, titled "Covid-19 hour", contained several instructions such as not going out of the house or going to public places such as supermarkets and restaurants and to perform prayers.

It urged Malaysians to stay in their homes.

Adham urged Malaysians to comply with the health advice and social distancing of one metre as recommended by the Health Ministry.

A total of 190 new cases of Covid-19 were reported as of noon yesterday, bringing the cumulative number to 428 cases.

- Bernama

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