Today (April 14) marks the end of the second phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO), enforced to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Last week, the order was extended until April 28, following the continuous increase of the cases nationwide.

Here are some brief updates that you may want to know, on the nation's fight against COVID-19.

Masjid India goes under lockdown

Iconic tourist and shopping attraction Masjid India and the areas surrounding it have been placed under an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), beginning today until April 28.

According to Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, this includes Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Jalan Dang Wangi, Jalan Tunku Abddul Rahman, Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Melaka and Jalan Ampang. Some of the attractions in the affected areas include several hotels, Semua House, Mydin hypermarket, and Kompleks Campbell, among others.

The order, however, will exclude two premises, namely the Dang Wang district police headquarters and DBKL homeless monitoring centre.

No running away after posting fake news

Police have opened a total of 217 investigation papers on fake news related to COVID-19, 162 of which are still unde investigation.

Ismail said that 23 people have been charged in court so far with publishing fake news, out of which 4 had pleaded guilty.

The minister further warned that police will still take action against those who post fake news, even after they have deleted their postings.

MCO takes prayers online

Multi-racial Malaysians performed their prayers online, thanks to technology. Churches live streamed their Easter prayer sessions on Sunday, while several Hindu temples live-streamed special prayer sessions on Tamil New Year today, on their Facebook pages.

Priests in Gurdwara took the same approach during Vaisakhi yesterday.

Stricter penalties await MCO violators

From tomorrow (April 15), police will no longer impose a RM1,000 compound on those who violate the MCO.

Instead, they will be arrested and brought to face court action, Ismail said.

This after the number of MCO violators breached the 9,000 mark, he added.

Although it will still be up to the police to decide on whether to compound or arrest violators, the latter action will prove more deterrent, according to him.

Those found guilty of the offence can be jailed for not more than two years, and subsequent offence can put a person give years behind bars.

COVID-19 has affected 4,817 people in Malaysia, and killed 77.

Globally, the disease has infected more than 1.88 million people, and 119,618 people have died from it.

Photo source: Malaysiakini, Bernama.