Malaysia, Philippines extend lockdown measures

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The governments of Malaysia and the Philippines have this week both extended lockdown measures aimed at curbing rising numbers of COVID-19 within their respective communities.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced Sunday that the nationwide lockdown implemented on 1 June 2021 would extend into a second month with no date set for restrictions to ease. Instead, Yassin said the lockdown would remain in place until daily case numbers fall below 4,000 and the country reaches its targets around vaccination and hospitalization rates. Malaysia recorded 5,218 new cases on Monday with a seven-day average of 5,464.

Under Malaysias COVID-19 exit strategy, restrictions will be eased in phases with the next phase to be reached once national vaccination rates reach 10% (currently at 6.2%), possibly by mid-July. A partial reopening of the economy once daily cases fall below 2,000 is projected for the end of August.

As previously reported by Inside Asian Gaming, Resorts World Genting remains closed after suspending operations on 1 June.

In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday extended General Community Quarantine Restrictions (GCQ) for the National Capital Region, including Metro Manila, until 15 July.

The GCQ classification means casinos at Manilas integrated resorts will remain closed to the public, although invited guests are allowed, while some hotels have been granted permission by the government tooperate at full capacity as of late May. In total there are 13 hotels within the National Capital Region to have had restrictions eased since late May including hotels at all four Manila IRs City of Dreams Manila, Okada Manila, Resorts World Manila and Solaire Resort & Casino.

Case numbers have fallen significantly in the Philippines since reaching a high of 15,298 on 2 April 2021 but the country still recorded 5,596 new cases on Monday with a seven-day average of 5,621.