The number of cases in Malaysia rose by 130 today to reach 2,161 total cases. That’s a 6.4% increase since yesterday – the lowest daily rate of increase since 12 May.
This suggests we seem to be moving in the right direction. A week ago, the daily rate of increase was 14-15%.
In Penang the new cases rose by 8.1% (six new cases to reach 80), up from 5.7% the previous day. But that is still much lower than the 16-35% daily increase a week ago.
So our effort seem to be bearing some fruit. Let’s keep it going and hope we reach a plateau soon – though it can’t be easy for those stuck at home in crammed low-cost high-rise flats.
Today the local pharmacy had stocks of face masks, though at RM2 a pop. Mini-markets and supermarkets I visited were still well stocked, though cauliflowers, carrots and frozen vegetables were unavailable. Only a couple of bottles of hand sanitisers were left on the shelves, and that was quickly snapped up.
While there, I came across two instances when people’s stress levels were bubbling – and over trivial issues.
What do you think of Muhyiddin’s benefits package announced today? Will it be enough to tide people over, especially the lower-income groups?
What about our migrant workers, refugees, the Orang Asli and the elderly? Have they been forgotten? How are they going to cope during this difficult time?