IF anyone does not understand the gravity of the Covid-19 epidemic, just visit any bank branch. For the first time, there are more bank tellers behind the counters than customers in a large branch in Bandar Utama.
From air travel to banking and retail, all segments of the economy have been hurt by the epidemic. The crowds at banking halls and malls have disappeared. Eateries are complaining of a 50% drop in business while hotels are throwing room rates due to cancellations of bookings.