Barely an hour after Malaysia’s announcement last night that it will enforce a “restricted movement order”, where Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said that the country will prohibit citizens from going overseas and foreigners from entering the country for approximately two weeks starting 18 March, Singaporeans were once again seen crowding supermarkets across the island to stock up on food. Malaysia exports a large chunk of fresh produce to Singapore, including vegetables, poultry and eggs. 

The lockdown is in response to a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, with 125 new infections on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 553. The measures were put in place to prevent a further spread of the virus. 

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