On 8 March 2022, Prime Minister Ismail announced that Malaysia's borders would be fully reopened to all travellers from 1 April.
He said the number of active cases stood at 265,841 cases while a total of 35 new clusters were detected with 20 of them involving the workplace, nine in the community, four linked to high-risk groups and one detention centre and education institution cluster each.
It was the first sizeable demonstration in Malaysia for some time, as many had been reluctant to take to the streets due to virus curbs and for fear of getting infected.
During the first repatriation, two persons were found to be infected with the virus and were subsequently quarantined and treated in the country until they have fully recovered.
There are 209 new imported cases, with 31,861 being local transmissions, data released on the ministry's website showed.
In response, the government banned the export of facemasks and took steps to import more facemasks.