Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Covid-19 Upswing in Malaysia

There is an alarming upswing of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia that is putting a lot of people on tenterhooks. And with it, vexatious questions on whether a lockdown was imminent and whether they should start to stockpile on supplies.

Their concerns were amplified when the "backdoor" prime minister went on air this evening (06:00 PM Malaysian time) and as it turned out, his speech was much ado about nothing. Idiot!

All of the above came about because the numbers on these 3 days (Sunday to Tuesday) were on an upward trajectory and therefore, make a lot of people worry. The problem is these fearful Malaysians only read the news headline and don't bother to delve deeper into the details.

If they had done so, they would have realized soon enough that the Covid-19 outlook is still amenable. At least for us here in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur where, together, they account for only 6.5% of today's total caseload. 

The hotspots are Kedah and Sabah and both these states combine to contribute a whopping 88.7% of the country’s daily total. 

In spite of that, the government doesn’t think the Covid-19 situation unfolding in Sabah warrants urgent action. 

All travel out of Sabah is supposed to cease. In fact, the ban was originally set to start from October 07 and end on October 20 – but it will now come into effect on October 12 and end on October 25. 

Go figure!

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