Covid-19: Health DG pleads for unity, warns some frontliners ready to throw in the towel (updated)

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians need unity and togetherness to fight the war against the Covid-19 pandemic, says Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general also said that frontliners have been battling the pandemic "for the last 10 months 24/7" and some were reaching the end of their tethers.

"Mental and physical fatigue is setting in. Some are prepared to throw in the towel.

"Please learn from PRN Sabah," he said, referring to the Sabah state election that was held on September 26.

"We need unity and togetherness to fight this war against Covid-19, not against each other.

"Together, we can make the impossible possible to flatten the curve again," he said, reminding Malaysians to stay at home if they had no important matters to attend to.

Dr Noor Hisham also said it was challenging to safeguard health and economy while reaching a balance between the two as the war against the coronavirus rages on.

“It is a challenge to safeguard and strike a balance between health and economy in our ongoing war against Covid-19.

“A loss of balance means loss of lives and loss of livelihoods, ” he said in a post on his Facebook and Twitter accounts Saturday (Oct 24).

Dr Noor Hisham’s call came amid a large number of positive cases recorded daily following the Sabah state election and the possible announcement of an Emergency by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Saturday.

On Friday (Oct 23), Malaysia recorded 710 new Covid-19 cases and 10 new fatalities - the highest death toll in a single day.

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