PETALING JAYA: As the country once again recorded a new daily high of 3,027 Covid-19 cases yesterday, Malaysians took to social media to express their concern and call for the tightening of restrictions.
On The Star’s official Facebook page, many supported the idea of imposing fresh lockdown on areas that are red zones as well as banning interstate travel.
Besides tighter restrictions, Bea Tee Siew also called for a ban on inter-district travel for red zones and the closure of fitness centres and schools.
“Limit car passengers to two from the same household, dine-in limit to four pax max per table, ” said Bea.
Rozlin de Cruz echoed Bea’s sentiments and advocated for a one-month lockdown in red zones.
Charanjit Singh, who also agreed with a ban on interstate travel, added that non-essential workers who could work from home should continue doing so.
“The factories’ workforce should be reduced to 30% and they must be tested for Covid-19, ” Charanjit said.
While many commentators strongly supported the call for a lockdown, there were some who were concerned about the impact that the lockdown would have on the economy and the mental health of citizens.
Alexander Than said that tightening restrictions would put the economy in a worse condition than it currently was, though it might be a necessary move.
“People at this point seemed too mentally exhausted by the pandemic to care anymore, ” he added.
Over on Twitter, while similar sentiments were echoed, some also pondered on the role vaccines would play in containing the pandemic.
In a reply to The Star, @Suhaimiosman said: “Vaccination is the way. No more delays for vaccination.”
@SRKLumpur also asked about the availability of vaccines in this country: “Hope the private pharmacies can expedite & procure them fast so that employers can pay to vaccinate their workers as a start.”
In addition, many were also concerned about the reopening of schools on Jan 20.
@hxfiza on Twitter said: “First of all we need the movement control order and SPM must be cancelled.”
While on Facebook, Ch Ali Akbar Gujjar said that given the increasing number of Covid-19 patients, it would be wise to keep schools and universities closed until March or April 2021.
“This will save the lives of the nation’s children, ” he said.