Sunday, August 9

Remain vigilant to avoid second wave of Covid-19, Malaysians told

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KUCHING: Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah is appealing to all Malaysians to remain vigilant and play their role in helping the nation avert a second wave of Covid-19 infection.

The Health director-general said Malaysians must be aware of the second wave of Covid-19 that had already hit other countries including Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.

“Let’s learn from other countries so that we can keep the second wave of Covid-19, which is more devastating, at bay. This (second wave of Covid-19) is my worry and I urge Malaysians to comply with safe physical distance, always wash your hands and wear face masks,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

The chart showing the second wave of Covid-19 hitting Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.

Dr Noor Hisham also reminded Malaysians to avoid hanging around in public places, stressing that it would be safer to stay at home.

“We take care of ourselves, we take care of our families. We take care of this community and this country of ours,” he said.

Posted along with the reminder was a chart showing the second wave of Covid-19 that had struck Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.

The chart reflected that Australia, which recorded slightly over 500 new Covid-19 positive cases a day in March and April, saw a spike last month to nearly 750 new positive cases daily.

It also showed that Hong Kong recorded an increase of new Covid-19 positive cases to nearly 150 daily last month, versus under 100 cases a day in March.

In Japan, over 500 positive Covid-19 cases were recorded in March and April, but the number exceeded 1,000 during the second wave of the virus infection.

Dr Noor Hisham’s social media post received overwhelming responses from netizens, some of whom thanked him for the reminder, but there were others calling for the government’s further action to stop a possible second wave of Covid-19.

“Stop ‘kes import’ (imported cases)”; “Universiti (sic) should not request lecturer to go to uni”; and “lack of enforcement by authorities… it’s all relaxed after ‘Released (Recovery) MCO’ (Movement Control Order)… peoples and authorities feel safe now, but it’s wrong”; were among the comments posted.

There were others praying for the country, like “Saya harap tidak ada gelombang kedua di Malaysia seperti negara lain (I hope there would not be a second wave in Malaysia like in other countries)”; and “Hope next one won’t be Malaysia… can see lots of workers and people at shopping centre wearing mask for chin (an emoticon) no people bother …”.

An interesting comment reads: “Social distancing has been changed to physical distancing,” – implying the lack of proper physical distancing among those in the community.

Some netizens also offered encouraging comments like: “Kita belum menang” (we have not won); and “We (are) united… We must win! Come on Malaysia…Don’t Give Up…We Will Win!!!”