Daily prayers can be held at temples nationwide during the two-week total lockdown, but devotees will not be allowed to attend them.

In a recent statement, Malaysia Hindu Sangam president RS Mohan Shan said the steps are taken in line with the government's orders to contain the spread of COVID-19.

"During this two weeks, only a maximum of 12 temple guardians will be allowed to go the the temple to manage its daily runnings.

"All sort of religious festivals will be prohibited from being held at temples during this period," he added.

Elaborating, Mohan said that only a maximum of 10 people will be allowed to attend a Hindu funeral during the period, while only five people can attend the ceremony to immerse the ash of a deceased person in the water.

Malaysia has been consistently recording high numbers of COVID-19 cases of late.

Putrajaya has imposed a total lockdown from June 1 to 14, with the hopes of bringing the numbers down.

Yesterday, 7,703 new cases were recorded, together with a record high number of 126 deaths.

The total number of confirmed cases and fatalities in the country currently stand at 587,165, and 2,993, respectively.

The global coronavirus cases and death tally meanwhile, has surpassed 172 million, and 3.7 million, respectively.

View Mohan's statement in full, below:

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