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Filipinos, Indians, Indonesians Banned From Entering Malaysia

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Malaysia announced that it has blocked the entry of Indian, Indonesian and the Filipino citizens starting Monday, August 31.

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Bloomberg reports that the restrictions will affect those with long-term passes, students, expatriates, permanent residents as well as family members of Malaysians, Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob told reporters during a televised press conference on Tuesday, September 1.

No foreign tourists have been allowed entry into the country since March.

The Philippines currently has the most number of coronavirus cases in the region, with over 220,000 total infections as of September 1. Indonesia follows with 178,000. 

India meanwhile has seen a major surge in infections in recent weeks, with its count nearing four million.

Malaysia said it would continue to monitor the situation and may extend restrictions to other countries if necessary, the report added.

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