Malaysia not the first country to declare state of emergency over Covid-19

An armed police officer patrols a roadside checkpoint on the A5 motorway in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The Spanish government is set to declare a state of emergency for the Madrid region, as Europe’s leaders step up efforts to contain an unrelenting surge in coronavirus cases across the continent. Photographer: Paul Hanna/Bloomberg

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will not be the first country to declare a state of emergency over the Covid-19 pandemic, with almost 80 nations having it in place in some form.

Most recently was France, which declared a public health state of emergency on Oct 15, which gave officials greater powers to impose new measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Reuters reported the French government as saying that the Covid-19 epidemic constituted a public health disaster, which, by its character and its severity, puts at risk the health of the population.

A few days earlier, Spain declared a state of emergency in Madrid as Italy and Germany recorded over 4,000 and 5,000 daily cases respectively.

Checks revealed thar several other European countries had also previously declared a state of emergency, including Belgium and Romania.

In Asia, Japan declared a state of emergency in April which lasted for a month and a half, ending only on May 25.

According to the Centre for Civil and Political Rights, a Swiss-based NGO, a total of 79 countries have a state of emergency in some form to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

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