Malaysia is currently undergoing its third national lockdown as it battles a third outbreak of COVID-19 infections.
Daily cases in Selangor have increased since 5th May, due to major screenings undertaken by the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) among foreign employees, as well as constructive measures taken by employers in the Klang Valley. In order to curb the virus, the government must develop a new approach to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes implementing a stricter lockdown for a sufficient period of time.
According to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Selangor contributed to almost half of the latest 1,743 COVID-19 cases based on confirmation from screenings of close contacts of COVID-19 positive patients and COVID-19 clusters.
“If the MCO is unable to contain the spread, a complete MCO might be considered,” Adham said during a virtual press conference.
The total number of COVID-19 cases soared to 4,865 new cases and 47 new deaths on Tuesday (18th may) which is classified as the highest infection rates in the region.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, 1.19 million people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, netizens have taken to social media in the past few days to complain about the slow process of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Needless to say, I personally feel that the government must reconsider its current policies and mobilisation efforts in order to speed up the adoption of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program.
News Source: Reuters
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