Public all for ‘self-lockdown’ to lower infection rate

Better safe than sorry: Chua and Nurul Aisha are both wary of leaving their homes due to the risk of contracting Covid-19.

JOHOR BARU: The people are heeding the Health Ministry’s advice to impose a “self-lockdown” to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases.

This comes as the National Security Council said on Friday that it had decided to impose more restrictions on the economic and social sectors for the current movement control order.

Wholesaler Chua Kim Song, 44, said she had been limiting her movement even before MCO 3.0 was enforced.

“I only go to my shop because the nature of my business requires me to be physically around to attend to orders from my customers, ” she said.

“I do not go anywhere as I am too afraid to leave my house because my elderly parents are living with me.

“I do not want to risk exposing them to the disease, ” she said, adding that she would only buy groceries once or twice a week.

Student management assistant Nurul Aisha Mohd Yusoff, 34, said she would only leave her house once a week for work.

“I am working from home as my school is now closed and I am only required to go there once a week.

“My husband, who owns an ornamental fish shop, is the only person in our household who goes out on a daily basis. He usually buys our basic groceries whenever he visits his shop, ” she said.

Housewife M. Pavithra, 32, and her two children have not left their house in over a week.

“The number of cases is worrying. I think that practising self-lockdown for those who can is the only way to keep the infections at bay.

“I buy most of my groceries at a shop near my house and once a month, my husband goes to a hypermarket, ” she said.

The Health Ministry has been urging the public to enforce a “self-lockdown” to break the chain of Covid-19 infections, which have been averaging 6,000-plus cases daily as of late.

On its Twitter account and Facebook page, the ministry had advised households to limit their grocery shopping to once a week and to optimise online purchases if possible.

It also advised Muslims to perform prayers with only their immediate family members at home instead of going to the mosque.

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