KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Malaysia on Monday said it
will impose strict movement restrictions in four districts in
its largest palm oil producing state Sabah after reporting more
than 1,000 coronavirus infections there in September.
Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said as part of efforts
to contain the outbreak, non-essential businesses in Lahad Datu,
Tawau, Kunak and Semporna district will be required to shut down
starting Tuesday for a period of 14 days.
The partial lockdown comes amid a recent surge of
coronavirus infections in Malaysia and concerns that a
state-wide election that concluded on Saturday will exacerbate
Sabah accounts for 25% of the crude palm oil produced in the
world's second largest exporter.
Malaysia has reported a total of 9,835 infections, including
134 deaths, as of Sunday.
(Reporting by Mei Mei Chu; Editing by Toby Chopra)