ALMOST one week has gone by since a full lockdown was imposed but the number of new Covid-19 cases and deaths are still significantly high.
By next Monday, with the end of two weeks of full movement control order phase, these numbers are unlikely to change by much, say experts.
To date Malaysia has breached the 600,000 mark of Covid-19 cases, since March 18 last year, when the pandemic was declared. There have been more than 3,000 deaths related to this disease reported in hospitals nationwide throughout this period.
A study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in the United States recently revealed the Covid-19 death toll in this country may reach a staggering 26,000 by September, based on the current trajectory, if Malaysia doesn’t bring the number of infections down significantly.
If not, this means in the next three months another 23,000 Malaysians could die – an average of 250 deaths a day.
Despite these grim figures, many Malaysians still had a lackadaisical attitude towards the SOP designed to fight the virus.
For instance, we hear daily of people being caught for not wearing masks in public.
And our roads are still busy despite most shops and shopping complexes being closed for business nationwide. Where are all these people going?
Malaysians need to ask themselves how much longer we can endure this situation that is bringing the economy to its knees.
The country’s financial health is also not in the best state, with statutory debt expected to hit 58.5% of GDP this year, coming in at RM975bil.
While the government does its best, pouring billions into aid for those who have lost jobs and preventing more businesses from folding, Malaysians must also do their part to reduce the infection rate.
This is every individual’s responsibility as we are running out of time with the country’s reserves depleting and our healthcare system stretched to breaking point.
Other than staying home and strictly following the SOP when in public, we have to achieve herd immunity against this disease by getting 80% of the population vaccinated by the end of this year.
While health authorities are boosting vaccination rate from 100,000 doses daily now to 200,000 shots by next month, Malaysians must do their part by registering for vaccination and more importantly, turning up for their appointments.
We must not just flash the trendy #KitaJagaKita hashtag on social media but also play our part to get ourselves out of this pandemic.
Stay safe, stay home, and get vaccinated!