South-East Asia clamps down on Ramadan on risk of Covid-19 Surge

SINGAPORE, April 23 (Bloomberg): South-East Asia’s biggest predominantly Muslim nations are tightening movement restrictions to avert a surge in Covid-19 infections around the Ramadan holidays.

Indonesia and Malaysia will limit travels toward the end of the month-long fasting period which typically sees more than 81 million people head home to regional towns from urban centres, a holiday migration similar to Thanksgiving in the U.S. or Lunar New Year in China. Violators could face fines or jail time, though exemptions will be allowed for emergencies.

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