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Malaysia Scraps Indoor Face Mask Rule

Effective immediately, the SE Asian Country of Malaysia has scrapped the Indoor Face Mask rule ending its last Covid-related rule in the country.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in a briefing on Wednesday, where he said that the Masks rule will be effective for people who test positive for Covid and in places such as public transportation and health care facilities.

Premise owners, such as hair salons, may still enforce rules requiring visitors to mask up, he said, adding that the public is highly encouraged to wear masks in congested areas such as stadiums and places of worship like mosques.

The daily covid cases from 30,000 in March to 2,000 in September as high vaccination rates have kept hospital admission low.

Countries across the world, including previous virus hardliners like Australia, have been loathed to reimpose mask mandates even amid a resurgence in cases, while Thailand, a key tourist hub, ended theirs in June. Hong Kong, which rivals Singapore as a financial hub, still has universal mask-wearing rules in place and a three-day travel quarantine.

Malaysia ended most virus rules including limits on gatherings and testing for incoming travellers as part of its strategy of living with Covid. Wearing masks in open spaces outdoors was made optional from May 1.

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