Covid-19: Malaysians fearful of more cases involving young people, sporadic infections

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians have taken to social media to voice their fears and concerns about the rising number of young people suffering from severe Covid-19 symptoms and the presence of more sporadic cases in the country.

Some - like Yi Wen - said on Facebook that people are showing a lax attitude when following the standard operating procedures, as many are leaving their house for matters that are not important.

"Commoners don't bother about SOP and are being ignorant. If you go outside you could see for yourself, you can still see common people still moving around, hanging out and going shopping.

"These are the people who also complain about the half-baked SOP but don't take any action for themselves," Yi Wen said.

Others took to Facebook to say that they believe the move to allow university students to return home would cause a further rise in Covid-19 cases among youths.

"We just sent thousands of university students to 'balik kampung' to endanger more lives. Where's the logic?" asked Anne Usha.

In addressing the Covid-19 situation, others urged that the government speed up the vaccination process and open up more vaccination centres as the country is far behind others.

"Malaysia should consider privatisation of vaccination and also let people choose their choice of vaccine. Malaysia is lagging behind in the vaccination drive," Feroz Hafiz said.

Others suggested that a full lockdown would help drive down cases.

"Full serious lockdown, all work from home, no activity allowed. This is the best solution, no travelling after 10pm," said Gopalakrishna Muhd Rizal Balachandran.

Similarly, @Ahmadaffan took to Twitter to say that it is now critical that people stay at home and be less social.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press conference on Saturday (May 8) that new Covid-19 variants in the country may be causing the rise in severe Covid-19 cases among young people, as well as their high resistance to treatment.

He revealed that there are more young people in intensive care units and that a genomic study will need to be conducted to see if the new Covid-19 variants are now in the country.

Dr Noor Hisham also expressed worry on the increasing sporadic cases among Malaysians, where the source of infection is unknown.

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