Muslims welcome Ramadan amid Covid-19 restrictions

Najjua Zulkefli Hasnoor Hussain

MALAYSIA has relaxed coronavirus restrictions in most states as Muslims begin fasting today, allowing the return of popular Ramadan bazaars and the evening prayer service although new Covid-19 cases have stayed above 1,000 a day for most of this year.

All food premises will be allowed to remain open from midnight to 6am throughout Ramadan, when previously they could operate only until midnight.

Malaysia in mid-January banned travelling between its 13 states. The health authorities are under public pressure to quickly decide on allowing people to return to their home towns for the Hari Raya holidays in mid-May.

The government last year barred the annual mass exodus, to prevent infections from spreading to rural areas. – April 13, 2021.

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