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Malaysians Back Tougher Stance Against COVID-19

  • Malaysians feel they should implement a conditional or targeted movement control order (MCO) to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
  • Research assistant Norhaida Mohd Khairi said before COVID-19 cases report higher double-digit numbers, the government needed to implement the conditional MCO again.
  • Former rhythmic gymnast Sarina Sundara Rajah believed that a second wave of COVID-19 infections was expected to occur similar to China, South Korea, and Australia, while Malaysia needed stricter implementation of the current SOP.
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Kuala Lumpur • With new COVID-19 cases emerging and local transmissions rising, Malaysians feel they should implement a conditional or targeted movement control order (MCO) to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

Research assistant Norhaida Mohd Khairi said before COVID-19 cases report higher double-digit numbers, the government needed to implement the conditional MCO again.

“Now is the best time for the government to ask businesses to reduce the number of employees on duty as well as closing schools and universities,” Norhaida said.

“The trouble with the reopening of schools now is that although the teachers enforce strict SOP when students enter the school, some fail to ensure the SOP is also enforced when students leave the school compound,” added the 41-year-old.

Norhaida said parents would gather outside the school gate and not observe social distancing.

“I also think there is a risk of new clusters emerging as a result of the upcoming Hari Raya Haji celebration if people do not properly adhere to the government SOP and maintain social distancing,” she said.

Former rhythmic gymnast Sarina Sundara Rajah believed that a second wave of COVID-19 infections was expected to occur similar to China, South Korea, and Australia, while Malaysia needed stricter implementation of the current SOP.

“It is important that businesses continue to be open but with safety precautions strictly enforced,” Sarina said.

“It is not beneficial to have another lockdown because it does not make sense for people to continue living without being able to put food on the table,” she added.

The rhythmic gymnastics coach also added, “although it is a collective responsibility to try to keep the virus contained, people should also ensure their body is able to protect them should they get infected.”

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[The Star Malaysia]

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