Malaysia Orders Near 1 Million Citizens to Work From HOME

Malaysia Orders Near 1 Million Citizens to Work From HOME

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The government of Malaysia has ordered nearly a million people to work from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to online site Mashable, the move came as infections show no sign of slowing down in the country.

The new order, effective on Oct. 22, 2020, will cover several COVID-19 hotspots across Malaysia.

The move will then affect around 800,000 workers from the industrial sector and 200,000 civil servants.

“This is to reduce the movement of workers,” said Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the country’s senior minister.

Senior International Trade and Industry Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali issued procedures that workplaces should follow.

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For starters, only a maximum of 10 percent of staff in management and supervisory roles are to come to the office.

But they can only be present in their offices for a limited amount of time.

Doctors have warned that working from home may result in a lot of health effects – both mild and severe.

According to reports, the most common health side effects include back aches, neck strain, migraine and tension headaches.

Sunil Kumar Joseph, a medical practitioner, said those who have poor posture could develop other painful symptoms.

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