It is the first day of the government-enforced full lockdown. The increase in COVID-19 cases is concerning, but what is even more worrisome is whether or not Malaysians will take this issue seriously.
According to the health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Malaysia may be able to flatten the COVID-19 curve in three to four months, but this will require public cooperation to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP).
During this time, our main priority should be focussed on ‘staying at home’ and ‘getting vaccinated.’
An increased vaccination drive, according to Dr Noor Hisham, would also be essential to decelerating the infection curve.
With the rise of new variants of concern (VOC), he said the two-week total lockdown beginning Tuesday ( 1st June) was necessary to reduce the number of cases and provide much-needed room to breathe for frontliners.
We see a lot of frontliners sharing their stories from all over the world, including our own. It’s heartbreaking to see how much they’re willing to give up for our safety. They are not tired of serving us, but they do expect the same level of cooperation from us.
Remember, if they get tired and give up on us, we’ll be left with nothing to protect us.
“We must ramp up vaccinations and in June, we will be able to use over 10 million doses, this is necessary for us to do.
“Our behaviour is the first line of defence and if we can increase vaccination rates, that will increase our protection against the virus.
He also stated this in a joint press conference with Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Sunday (May 30).
“We have to use the strategy of combining public safety and increasing vaccination rates, and with this, we might be able to flatten the curve in three to four months.”
Source: The Star