Malaysia on Thursday said it could deploy its armed forces to fully implement movement controls placed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said using the armed forces to prevent the spread of the virus “was among the suggestions raised at the special meeting on COVID-19 on non-health related matters,” local daily The Star reported.

“I hope that this will not be necessary but if the compliance rate remains low, there is a big possibility that the military will be used [to get people to stay at home],” Yakoob told

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