It looks like the number of new cases has slowed to a trickle in Penang – zero new cases yesterday and one today for a total of 99 so far. That is a welcome development.
Nationally, the daily rate of increase in new cases dropped to its lowest level (a rise of 4.5% today) since the pandemic broke out, as the tally reached 3,483.
Are we seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? The number of people in intensive care actually dropped from 108 yesterday to 99 today. So the measures seem to be working.
Meanwhile, the colours of nature appear to have grown more striking. The photo above was taken at 7.50am today as the sun rose in Batu Ferringhi. I like the golden hue on the left and the shades of deep blue of the sea. It has been a while since I noticed such colours.
All it took for nature to refresh itself a little was for human beings to stay indoors for a couple of weeks, a friend observed.
Another friend shared with me this thought-provoking Guardian article –‘Tip of the iceberg’: is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19?
In 2008, Jones and a team of researchers identified 335 diseases that emerged between 1960 and 2004, at least 60% of which came from animals.
Increasingly, says Jones, these zoonotic diseases are linked to environmental change and human behaviour. The disruption of pristine forests driven by logging, mining, road building through remote places, rapid urbanisation and population growth is bringing people into closer contact with animal species they may never have been near before, she says.
The resulting transmission of disease from wildlife to humans, she says, is now “a hidden cost of human economic development….”