One year on, no end in sight for Covid-19 pandemic

Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. – Bernama photo.

By S. Harrish

IT has been one year since the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Malaysia but Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the end of the pandemic is not yet in sight.

“It saddens me today that we have endured one year of fighting against Covid-19 in our country. The end is nowhere near to be seen,” he said on his social media accounts today.

On Jan 25 last year, Malaysia reported three confirmed Covid-19 cases while the first death was reported on March 17.

The nation then entered into the first MCO lockdown.

One year down, Malaysia is now battling its third wave of Covid-19 cases which is the biggest so far.

It began in September and there are no signs of it slowing down.

“Comply with the SOPs, wear your face mask properly, wash your hands, and maintain physical distancing. Stay at home if you have no urgent matters outside.

“Together, we can break the chain of Covid-19 transmission. We must be united and together the fight will go on, God willing,” he said.

As of yesterday, Malaysia has reported 183,801 cases with 678 deaths.

Noor Hisham said that despite their mental and physical fatigue, health workers and all of society need to carry on with their duties.

“Everyone, no matter who you are, must shoulder this responsibility to save our country together,” he said.