PETALING JAYA: As Sabah faces its state polls in the coming weeks, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has advised all Sabahans to take extra care as the cases of Covid-19 in the state have increased lately.
The Prime Minister hoped that those in the state would practise the “new norms” in their life with more discpline.
He also hoped the election workers would make sure that all campaign activities are conducted following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) as determined by the Health Ministry and the National Security Council (NSC).
“In normal circumstances, during the election season many people would gather and greet one another. I would like to advise everybody to avoid any gatherings at crowded places.
“Please avoid shaking hands with the voters. The most important thing is we protect one another from Covid-19. We look after each other, ” he said in a special address on the current Covid-19 situation in the country Tuesday (Sept 15) night.
The Prime Minister said that in the last two weeks, the number of cases in the country had been on an uptrend, causing three districts to be declared red zones – Kotar Setar in Kedah, as well as Lahad Datu and Tawau in Sabah.
“Although the country has been successful in curbing the spread of the disease, I am worried because the number of positive cases has been rising lately, ” he said.
He said that a total of 615 new cases had been detected in the past 14 days.
Muhyiddin said that if the number of cases spiked drastically, they would have to reintroduce the movement control order (MCO) again.
The country is now in the recovery MCO phase, until the end of the year.
“It will affect our lives and the economy. We will not be able to go anywhere, just like in Kota Setar at the moment, ” he said.
He said several countries were fighting very hard to bring the situation under control and that some were facing fresh waves of the disease spreading.
He said that based on the data available on a worldwide level, the pandemic was still active and was expected to continue for a long time.
“The same can happen here if we let our guard down and look down on the situation globally, ” he said.
He said although the closing of borders caused hardship to those who had interests outside the country, decisive action had to be taken to protect the people and the country.
“We must strike a fine balance between protecting lives and livelihoods of all Malaysians, ” he said, adding that they would not rush into opening the country’s borders.
Until yesterday, a total of 9,969 positive cases of the disease have been detected, with 128 deaths or a rate of 1.28% of all the cases.
There are still 11 active clusters in the country, with another 97 clusters declared as being over.