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Malaysia Potential Lockdown : Covid-19 In Sabah Chain Of Hidden Bombs – Unleashes Tsunami of Covid-19 Spread To KL & 8 States At Alarming Rate

The potential for a ‘Covid-19 tsunami’ is enormous. Sabah has become a ‘mini-Philippines or mini-Indonesia’ in terms of cases

2nd/3rd wave of Covid-19 could prompt govt to revisit full lockdown?

“Based on the statistics and statements from Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN), the Ministry of Health (MOH), Covid-19 is no longer in prison or specific places, but has spread to inmates in prison and police, as well as other government agencies personnels, family members, social contacts and in the community.”

“We have a slim chance to break the chain of COVID-19 infections,” Noor Hisham Abdullah, director general of Health Malaysia, said in a Facebook post. “Failure is not an option here. If not, we may face a third wave of this virus, which would be greater than a tsunami, if we maintain a “so what” attitude.”

The transmission of the Covid-19 virus in the community is no longer limited to Sabah, Health director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah

Covid-19 has spread to KL and eight states in the past week, except for Perak and Perlis, while Kedah battles an outbreak and Penang still has four active cases.

“Based on the statistics and statements from Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN), the Ministry of Health (MOH), Covid-19 is no longer in prison or specific places, but has spread to inmates in prison and police, as well as other government agencies personnels, family members, social contacts and in the community.”

Dr Zainal also mentioned that Covid-19 cases in Sabah consist of community cases, newly emerging clusters, large groups of undocumented migrants and foreigners, mobilisation and large public interaction, including outside people who enter Sabah.

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“The potential for a ‘Covid-19 tsunami’ is enormous. Sabah has become a ‘mini-Philippines or mini-Indonesia’ in terms of cases.

Tough for Malaysia to go through another lockdown — World Bank

It will be challenging for the Malaysian economy to have another lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19, said World Bank Group lead economist Richard Record.

Record was addressing concerns about the increasing number of new Covid-19 cases in the country, the bulk of which were from Sabah.

Record, in a virtual press conference following the launch of From Containment to Recovery — the World Bank’s October 2020 Economic Update for East Asia and the Pacific — said Malaysia already had elevated debt levels, while its fiscal deficit was of a significant scale even before the pandemic outbreak.

Malaysia’s government debt is now about 60% of gross domestic product (GDP), while the country’s fiscal deficit is expected to rise to 6% from 3.4% in 2019 with the implementation of the National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana).

“While the response (the movement control order or MCO) was absolutely necessary, it will be tough for Malaysia to go through it all over again,” Record said.

He, however, said Malaysia had done well in terms of its rapid health response and rapid economic stimulus packages to support households and businesses, even though they came at a significant fiscal cost.

The challenge going forward, said Record, is to gradually wind down some of these stimulus measures and move towards a more targeted approach to help those that are particularly vulnerable, as well as look at rebuilding the country’s fiscal space and balances to prepare for the next crisis.

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2nd/3rd wave of Covid-19 could prompt govt to revisit full lockdown?

The potential threat from the second or third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is unlikely to prompt Malaysia and most global economies to resume a full lockdown of the economy.

UOB Asset Management (Malaysia) Bhd said the economy would be on a recovery path as long as new cases do not rise significantly and the healthcare sector is not overwhelmed.


Its chief investment officer Francis Eng said said the local economy has been marginally rebounded, supported by the government’s unprecedented fiscal and accommodative monetary policies. 


These include the government’s stimulus packages with a total of RM45 billion in fiscal injection Penjana and Bank Negara Malaysia’s cut in the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) of 25 basis points to 1.75 per cent

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