Towards zero COVID-19: Learn from mistakes

Towards zero COVID-19: Learn from mistakes

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia began getting good news on COVID-19 yesterday, which was the 54th day of the Recovery Movement Control  Order (RMCO) period, with the announcement of only one positive COVID-19 case recorded, from the increase in daily cases reported over the past few weeks.

With that, many are hoping that there will be a zero COVID-19 positive case today, hence, giving us a  brighter hope of ending the war against the invisible enemy and  deadly pandemic.

The  last time we reached the lowest number was on July 1, also with only one case.

However, it should be remembered that cases, such as the PUI Sivagangga Cluster in Kedah, which occurred due to failure to comply with home quarantine rules should be a lesson to all.

With 21 positive cases, closure of five schools and four sub-districts in Kubang Pasu and Padang Terap, involving 7,000 residents, placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), it should be a lesson enough for those who took lightly the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the government.

Hence, as usual, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah kept reminding for those who have a history of close contact with the COVID-19 positive case to go to the health facility for screening.

For those arriving in the country from abroad, they should undergo the quarantine period and then go for the second screening.

Malaysians should continue to help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in the country by practicing physical distancing, maintaining high-level of personal hygiene, especially to wash their hands often and avoid crowded places and speak at close range.

The use of face masks in crowded public places is also important  to curb the spread of COVID-19, for which a vaccine has yet to be found.