March 23, 2020 / 6:34 AM / 11 days ago

Malaysia says may extend movement curbs, to add stimulus

Health workers in protective suits work in a tent erected to test for coronavirus at a clinic, during the movement control order due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s prime minister said on Monday the government may consider extending movement restrictions by up to two weeks, and will announce more economic stimulus to soften the blow from the coronavirus outbreak and weak oil prices.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the national security council will meet on March 30 to decide on what to do after the current curbs on movement and businesses expire at the end of the month.

The government is also expected to unveil an expanded stimulus package on the same day, Muhyiddin said.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Editing by Kim Coghill

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