Health DG on stemming Covid-19: Failure not an option, please stay at home

PETALING JAYA: Failure is not an option, says the director-general of the Health Ministry Datuk Seri Noor Hisham Abdullah, as he urges people to stay at home and distance themselves from others to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

“Today is the first day of our movement restriction order. In simple words: Please stay at home.

“And distance yourself from others.

“We have a small window of opportunity to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission. Please help the Ministry of Health (MOH) to play your part, as each and every one of us has a responsibility to take all precautionary measures to keep ourselves and families safe, ” he said in a post on Facebook on Wednesday (March 18).

Despite the order, several food and drink stalls at locations around the country were spotted allowing customers to dine in.

While eateries are allowed to open their business, they are only supposed to cater for take-aways.

At some markets and supermarkets, the panic buying has not stopped either, with people still lining up to stock up on foodstuff.

On Tuesday night (March 17), many people lined up at police stations in the hope of getting permission to travel out of state.

Transportation hubs such as Terminal Bersepadu Selatan were packed with people trying to get back to their hometowns.

“Failure is not an option here; otherwise, we might face the 3rd wave of the virus. The next one will be as big as a tsunami, more so if we have a lackadaisical attitude.

“I plead with all Malaysians, please take this movement restriction order seriously. Stay at home, ” said Noor Hisham.

Similarly, Malaysian Public Health Medicine Specialist Association president Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar said the movement order would be futile if Malaysians kept on gathering in large numbers.

“This is definitely not the intention of the movement order.

“It goes against the concept of social distancing, ” he told The Star.

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