Health DG Warns Malaysians Of Covid-19 Tsunami If They Don’t Stay Home

Malaysians continue to eat outside on the first day of the movement control order.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 — Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today urged Malaysians to follow the government’s movement control order, or risk a surge of Covid-19 cases.

Media reports have highlighted people continuing to eat outside and to visit parks, amid the two-week partial lockdown on unnecessary movements in public and interstate travel that came into effect today.

“Failure is not an option,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement.

“If not, we may face a third wave of this virus that will be as huge as a tsunami, especially if we have a ‘don’t-care’ attitude.”

Malaysia has reported nearly 700 coronavirus cases, the highest in Southeast Asia, including two deaths. Almost two-thirds of the 673 infections are linked to a recent tabligh cluster at the Sri Petaling mosque in Kuala Lumpur, with cases also spreading to Singapore, Brunei, and Cambodia.

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