KUALA LUMPUR – It is exactly a year since the Covid-19 outbreak hit the country. Clearly, the virus that was first reported in Wuhan, China had impacted everyone, across the world.
The implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) followed by the compliance of stringent Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to flatten the Covid-19 curve during the early stage of the outbreak has produced a positive result, however, the second wave of the pandemic was a whole new level.
Wide scale Covid-19 screening nationwide, especially involving workers quarters witnessed a new leap in the number of new Covid-19 cases. Besides that, Malaysia also recorded additional Covid-19 deaths.
The spike of the cases was made worse with the failure to comply with SOP such as crossing borders and mass gatherings without wearing face mask.
As of yesterday, Malaysia has recorded a cumulative of 183,801 Covid-19 cases and 678 Covid-19 deaths. Meanwhile, 141,446 or 77 percent of the patients have fully recovered from the disease.
Entering the third phase of the outbreak, as emphasized by the Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, there seemed to be no end to Covid-19 despite the hard work and efforts put in to curb the disease.
Former private sector employee, A. Kamaladevi shared Covid-19 experience when met by MalaysiaGazette.
She was terminated by her employer as the company she used to work for could no longer afford to pay for the salaries of its employees.
The 50-year-old woman however, accepted what happened to her with an open heart as she understands the current situation which had affected the whole world.
“What can I do? The whole world is facing with the same problem.
“We cannot blame anyone in this issue. We can only ask the government to think of a more effective way in managing the outbreak.
“Many people are living in distress now. The government needs to think of something so that the people will not continue to live in such pressure,” she said.
A shop assistant, Azizah Husin, 26, said that the Covid-19 pandemic which hit the country had affected the economic, especially involving her family members.
According to her, the situation caused her to be more prudent and only spend on essential items.
“It is truly difficult now. Everyone in my family is affected by the pandemic.
“I hope that the Movement Control Order will not continue as it would impact many people,” she said.
Ruslan Ali, 23, thinks that the Covid-19 is feared by everyone as it can cause a person’s life to change with a blink of an eye.
He said, what happened has demanded everyone to change their lives according to the new norm and each person needs to have self-discipline to avoid being infected by the outbreak.
“Everyone is impacted by the outbreak, especially those who have been infected.
“So, I hope that everyone can comply with the recommendations of the government so that we can break the chain of the disease and return to our lives as usual,” he said.
Meanwhile, accountant, L. Saravanan, 34, said that the Covid-19 pandemic is shocking.
It is a situation that nobody had experienced and everyone found its strange and uneasy to accept what happened to them.
“If the MCO continues, everyone will be facing a gloomy future and I hope that whatever happens today, can change in the future,” he said.
However, for Kaahui Yap, 22, said that the business of her employer gets better with MCO.
According to her, many people visit her work premise and the sales of telecommunications devices is exceptionally good these days.
“Everyone works from home now. Therefore, telecommunication devices are essential.
“Many people come to our shop to buy or repair their communication devices so that they can work better.
“However, I hope that we can go back and live our normal lives as we used to,” she said. –MalaysiaGazette