Malaysia is now currently surfacing through the 3rd wave of COVID-19 and it surely has not been an easy ride. In an aim to rectify the falling economy in the midst of striving hard in combating the deadly virus has only resulted in the spike of cases in the country.

Since the start of the third wave resulting from the pandemic that began in September last year preceding the Sabah state legislative elections, Malaysia has relentlessly registered four-digit regular infections. The previous high, recorded less than a week ago, of new daily infections was 2,525 with 2,593 cases yesterday.

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Health Director-General, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah has expressed his concern over the matter stating hospital beds have reached their full capacity!

Our worry is the daily rise in cases. The CMCO (conditional movement control order) implemented on Oct 14 prevented cases from hitting 4,000. We managed to avoid that, but with the 1.1 R0 (reproductive rate), we still couldn’t bring the cases down.

Cases are still marking a 4 digit hit despite all the strict SOPs imposed with a ban of mass gathering and travels!

Nevertheless, the right move to do is to impose a strict lockdown at hot spots of COVID-19 cases recorded by forbidding total public contact or travels to retrieve an effective result, fighting the deadly virus.

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Selangor with a record high of 965 new cases, continues to rise in infections making it the state with the highest number of COVID-19 cases, followed by Johor, which recorded 571 cases. Sabah reported 405 cases, while Kuala Lumpur, the capital, registered 256 new cases.

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Total active cases of Covid-19 have plummeted, reaching 24,347 cases, or almost 85% of the 28,674 hospital beds set aside for Covid-19 patients in the country. Evers since the pandemic began, the country’s total cases now stands at 125,438 cases.

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Over the past month, new cases have continuously violated the 2,000 mark, with active cases doubling during the period. Thus far, Malaysia has reported 513 coronavirus deaths, with four deaths added on Wednesday.

In February, the first batch of vaccines is supposedly to arrive and ultimately intends to cover approximately 80% of the country’s 32 million population. The first to be vaccinated upon its arrival is Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. 

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Another reason contributing to the sharp rising numbers of coronavirus is the ongoing political turmoil. However, multiple few by-elections have been pushed forward till the cases mellow down to a safer level. 

Taking into account of all the happenings in the country, I think the best move from the government would be to impose a stricter lockdown in hopes on lowering COVID-19 cases in the country at the same time help save lives. Millions are effected and dead by this gruesome virus, let’s safe the ones remaining!

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