COVID-19 Continues To Affect Malaysia And Singapore

The COVID-19 situation in both Malaysia and Singapore has already forced the closure of Resorts World Genting and seen restriction put in place at Resort World Sentosa, respectively, but as it continues to deteriorate, restrictions are becoming more stringent.

Genting Malaysia posted a notice to its website which extended its shutdown to April 14. It comes as an immediate and direct response to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin of Malaysia, who announced the Movement Control Order (MCO) would be extended for another two weeks. Malaysia was the hardest hit nation in Southeast Asia by COVID-19, with a total figure of 1,796 cases, and 19 deaths.

Resorts World Awana, Resorts World Kijal and Resorts World Langkawi, which are also closed due to the MCO,  along with Resorts World Genting will be able to reopen as soon as the MCO ends, the notice said.

Resorts World Genting was initially closed on March 18, and scheduled to open on March 31. Malaysia at the time had 790 positive overall cases.

It is a contrast from their Signapore sister-resort, Resorts World Sentosa. Until now, Singapore has reported just 631 cases. As a result, the property belonging to Genting Singapore remained accessible but with some restrictions.

The resort announced on March 25 that it would obey Singapore’s stringent guidelines for social distancing, which include restricting people’s gatherings to 10 or fewer. Although some attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium and Dolphin Island remain open, they state that “all indoor and outdoor shows, tours and select experiences will not be available from 27 March 2020 until further notice.”

But even 631 cases are still pretty large for the tiny area of Singapore, and if cases continue to increase faster, even restrictions on the Sentosa may need to be enforced. Several of the cases identified in the last week can not be traced to previous known cases. If numbers continue to increase, Singapore may need to take the same heightened steps as its neighbour in Malaysia.