Are you one of the many who have been busy planning a vacation, wedding reception, Christmas and New Year parties since the government eased restrictions? Since the Covid-19 Rt or infectivity rate is slowly but surely inching upwards, we suggest that you hold your horses and take on a the ‘wait and see’ approach as Malaysia could be headed towards another wave.
Just six hours ago, New Straits Times reported that experts have warned that there are signs that Malaysia could be swept away by a fresh Covid-19 wave if no intervention measures are put in place. It further expounded that there are already a number of indicators, including the national Covid-19 Rt rate, which points that the country is heading towards such a direction.
The nationwide Rt hit 1.0 on Nov 11, about five weeks after the ban on interstate movement was lifted, and continued to climb before it remained at 1.05 on Sunday.
As of press time, the nationwide hospital bed utilisation rate stood at 66.4 per cent, a seven per cent jump from the previous week.
Singapore Straits Times meanwhile painted a bleaker picture by quoting the Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah, where he said that although main indicators such as average active cases, deaths and intensive care unit cases were on a downward trend in the 45th epidemiological week from Nov 7 to 13, the Covid-19 Rt – has been rising.
“The situation remains a concern as the increase in new cases and Rt value from the previous week indicates a higher potential for community transmission of Covid-19 infections and a higher risk of exposure to be infected by the virus,” said the DG.
“The community is urged to not be careless and to take active action by adopting preventive measures to ensure Covid-19 infections can be reduced immediately in Malaysia,” he said in a statement on Tuesday (Nov 16).
So, if you have been rushing to travel outstation every weekend, take note folks. Your freedom to travel could be short-lived if we all don’t have a concerted effort to follow the SOPs that have been mandated by the Government.
When you have been confined indoors for close to 18 months, it is liberating to be outdoors, indulging in the activities that we have come to enjoy but ESPC urges you to remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitize frequently. And practice the 3Cs: closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings when you are out.
Inset image source: Noor Hisham Abdullah Instagram account