Malaysia could suffer a third wave of Covid-19 infections reaching tsunami-like proportions unless Malaysians strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.
Dr Noor Hisham made the grim prediction as he reminded Malaysians to stay at home as much as possible to avoid Covid-19 from continuing to spread.
“We have a small window of opportunity to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission. Please help MoH to play your part, as each and every one of us has the responsibility to take all the precautionary measures to keep ourselves and families safe,” he wrote in a brief message on his Facebook page earlier today when urging for Malaysians to complement the Health Ministry’s efforts to combat Covid-19.
“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,” he concluded
Despite today being the first day of the country’s two week shutdown to contain Covid-19, some are still seen coming to grips with the massive restrictions imposed from today until March 31, including no dining within restaurants.
Borissov: 70% of Europe’s population to be affected by coronavirus
Following EU leaders’ emergency teleconference over the coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday (10 March), Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov twice said that one of the issues that came up was that 70% of Europe’s population could be infected by the virus.
Speaking in front of cameras in Bulgaria’s Council of Ministers on Tuesday, on the occasion of an emergency meeting of the country’s Security Council, Borissov said:
“The most important institutes in Europe, my colleagues said, expect 60-70% of the population of Europe to be affected by this virus.”
In a separate post on Facebook, he put the figure even higher:
“Today, at the video conference with my European Council colleagues, specialist analyses were quoted that said that coronavirus would affect more than 70% of Europe’s population.”
Up to 70% of Germany could become infected
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that up to 70% of the country’s population – some 58 million people – could contract the coronavirus.
Mrs Merkel made the stark prediction at a news conference on Wednesday alongside Health Minister Jens Spahn.
She said since there was no known cure, the focus would fall on slowing the spread of the virus. “It’s about winning time,” she explained.
Her remarks came as Italy entered its second day of a national lockdown.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the closure of schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other venues across the country, which on Wednesday passed 10,000 confirmed infections.
The Taoiseach says around half the population could be infected with COVID-19
Speaking last night at a Department of Health briefing, Leo Varadkar said the HSE wants to avoid a spike that could overwhelm the health service.
54 new cases of coronavirus were also confirmed in the Republic bringing the total number to 223.
Gardaí are setting up a full-time public order unit to patrol at risk locations and to ensure the maintenance of law and order amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The unit will be comprised of 100 gardaí, sergeants and inspectors, working a two-rota system of 12-hour shifts.
The force hopes to have them deployed by tomorrow afternoon.
Donald Trump’s ban on travel between European countries and the US, extended to include Ireland, came unto effect in the early hours of this morning.
Meanwhile, the European Commission has proposed a ban on non-essential travel to the EU for a period of at least 30 days.
France is beginning a 15-day lockdown and President Emmanuel Macron has warned that violations of it would be punished.
Mr Varadkar said current increases cannot be stopped within the next few weeks.
“Half the population getting Covid-19 is accurate, that could certainly happen.
“For most people a very mild illness, for some a very serious one.
“The number of people who have Covid-19 will continue to rise every day, every week, for a couple of weeks. But the objective in a couple of weeks time is to flatten the curve then so that we don’t have a single spike at the same time that would that would overwhelm the health service.
“But the total number of cases will be very, very high.”