Malaysia lifts travel restrictions

Malaysia, where over 90 percent of adults are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, lifted restrictions on interstate and international travel on Monday.

The bans were implemented in January, after infections surged. Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said fully vaccinated people may now travel freely across nearly the whole country and abroad.

People have begun visiting family and friends in other states. The prime minister said state borders will stay open even if COVID-19 cases spike again.

The resort island of Langkawi reopened in September as part of a domestic tourism bubble. The government is assessing which countries to allow tourists from.

The eased measures come as daily COVID cases continue to drop. Malaysia reported 6,700 new infections on Monday. New daily cases rose sharply from June through August, hitting over 24,000.