In March 2020, WHO made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. On 16th March 2020, our Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced measures to restrict movement nationwide, starting from March 18 until 31, in a bid to stem the rising number of coronavirus cases. All government and private premises will be closed except for essential services such as water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, postal services, transport, oil and gas, broadcasting, finance, banking, healthcare, pharmacies, fire department, prisons, ports, airports, security, defence, cleaning and food supplies.
On 25 March, the Prime Minister announced that the control order is extended till 14 April. The pandemic has lent a surreal quality to the lives of millions of people not just in this country but everywhere around the globe. It has disrupted our daily lives, spurred the growth of online work and forced us to make monumental changes in how we work, teach and learn without any warning.
At the University of Malaya Library, we’ve adapted to a number of ways and taken on new project and approaches in order to support our community. These have been summarised in the infographic below :