Coronavirus: Lowest daily rate of increase in two weeks for Malaysia

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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?

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shriek
shriek
30 Mar 2020 6.28pm

Where is PF to defend the Doc who came out alone and do his business of jogging and enjoy the nature by himself when it is no one in the park? People miss the point. The jogging doc is going to infect who and who is going to infect Doc? he is not doing pg bridge run or marathon with crowd of people or who wants to do shopping with crowds of people?

Chipmunk
Chipmunk
3 Apr 2020 7.29am

Anwar: Special Parliamentary meet needed to evaluate ministers, deputies ‘missing in action’, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, casting doubt on their credibility to hold the positions.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/04/03/anwar-special-parliamentary-meet-needed-to-evaluate-ministers-deputies-miss/1853005

“70 ministers. 70 ministers! There are some among the ministers, deputy ministers whom we have not heard from. Not even a word. They have been receiving their salaries, taken their allowances and have nice offices.”

“With one party with their Doraemon, and then there is another wearing a large ‘Minister’ tag on the forehead. What is all these about? Then there is the warm water suggestion.”

glissantia
glissantia
30 Mar 2020 11.04pm

Little Red Dot’s TV channel CNA is now free on Astro. However, watching it may cause you to start expecting that your govt. act rationally and with foresight. That could cause depression.

Chipmunk
Chipmunk
31 Mar 2020 9.56pm
Reply to  glissantia

Can try sipping warm water to soothe your depression, while listening to this BBC’s correspondent’s podcast on “Singapore Virus Detective” – professionalism besides foresight.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p087y4t7

Bayi Yoda
Bayi Yoda
1 Apr 2020 9.01am
Reply to  glissantia

Glenda Chong the anchor lafy of CNA is my favourire. Whose’s yours?
Astro Awani can benchmark CNA for insightful presentation.

Chipmunk
Chipmunk
29 Mar 2020 11.33am

NEW DELHI: At least 15,000 people who may have caught the coronavirus from a ‘super-spreader’ guru are under strict quarantine in northern India after the Sikh religious leader died of Covid-19.

The 70-year-old guru, Baldev Singh, had returned from a trip to Europe’s virus epicentre Italy and Germany when he went preaching in more than a dozen villages in Punjab state.

https://www.nst.com.my/node/579100/amp

No religion can offer protection against CoronaVirus. Stay at home and do not infect others.

Khun Pana
Khun Pana
31 Mar 2020 4.18am
Reply to  Chipmunk

Extremely difficult to hold a logical conversation with such extreme religious bigots. If the fella dies, they say that it is their God’s will and if that fella survives they say that it is their God’s miracle. Can’t have a conversation with such fellas.
On the other hand, is our health DG still seeking the 5000 fellas that refuses to come out to be tested?…

Chipmunk
Chipmunk
31 Mar 2020 9.41pm
Reply to  Khun Pana

New SOP of straight from airport to quarantine centre for those returning from overseas is a good precautionary move against potential infected persons from mass gathering in India and Sulawesi. But what if they return home by boats?

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/517970

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/coronavirus-12-malaysians-who-attended-sulawesis-tabligh-event-detained-in-sabah

Chipmunk
Chipmunk
2 Apr 2020 6.58pm
Reply to  Khun Pana

Indian health officials are in the process of tracking down more than 100 people who attended a religious gathering in New Delhi, after dozens of participants contracted coronavirus. The government has ordered police to file a case of negligence against the organisation behind the event.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c3SCYSKe2h0&feature=youtu.be

glissantia
glissantia
3 Apr 2020 4.23pm

Useful info. on Covid-19. Caution:
https://medium.com/the-intelligence-of-everything/ten-covid-19-graphs-you-need-to-know-daed8bfd2497

Contains these misleading aspects:
– The author has omitted China; guess why.
– The claims on “seasonal” flu are deliberately relative (not absolute); US CDC estimated that over the 2018-2019 flu season, it infected 42.9 million people there; 647,000 were hospitalised and 61,000 died.

Also note: World-wide,
– TB killed 1.2-1.5 million in 2010 [WHO 2011]
– Hepatitis B kills 780,000/year [WHO 2014]
– Malaria killed 405,000 in 2018 [WHO 2019]
– Flu strains killed 290,000–650,000/year in recent years [Wikipedia 2020]

Chipmunk
Chipmunk
3 Apr 2020 6.25pm
Reply to  glissantia

Speaking of graph, ever wonder why our local TV news programs hardly use graphs or charts to illustrate trend, pattern or breakdown of current issues? Perhaps our local audience are seldom exposed to interpreted information or our TV panelists or politicians simply lack analytical skills, prefer empty talk to BS our ignorant audience? Lots of “kakee kong, kakee song” aka syiok sendiri?

glissantia
glissantia
4 Apr 2020 12.27am
Reply to  Chipmunk

IMO, everyone can understand graphics (for stats, not procedure) better than figures w/o context. E.g.
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/covid-19/
Financial/”market” people also write long paragraphs when they don’t want to reveal too much bad news.

Chipmunk
Chipmunk
3 Apr 2020 4.11pm

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 — Malaysian house prices remain seriously unaffordable relative to income, due to a pronounced and prolonged mismatch between demand and supply of residential property.

https://www.bernama.com/en/news.php?id=1828121

With massive retrenchment on the horizon, how many can afford even with low interest rate?

glissantia
glissantia
4 Apr 2020 12.33am
Reply to  Chipmunk

The lessons of 2008 were forgotten. Apart from keeping up with the Jones (status) and “cepat kaya” (speculation), did gomen control prices/enforce laws on the quota of low-cost and mid-cost houses/flats to be built? What was the progess in the last 2 years?

Chipmunk
Chipmunk
3 Apr 2020 4.06pm

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government today announced a ban on Ramadan bazaars during the upcoming fasting month, as part of measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Goos to follow the advice of Johor Sultan.

Chipmunk
Chipmunk
2 Apr 2020 6.41pm

How soap kills viruses

Wash your hands, stay at home.
Better to start using spoon and fork and not bare hand to eat your food. Be safe!

Khun Pana
Khun Pana
1 Apr 2020 6.59pm

1)Yet to come across any news of the free donated face mask distributed to orphanages and old folks homes. My question-is the new govt hoarding the free donation for their own use? Went to 3 pharmaceutical outlets in Bukit Bintang (KL)but no stock. Was the new PM telling a big sick lie (2 weeks ago) when he clearly and specifically mentioned that all essetial items such a face mask / sanitizer are in ample supply? 2)And if the new govt happily and merrily disinfecting roads,monsoon drains and announcing dishing out a few billions here and billions there. Why can’t a… Read more »

glissantia
glissantia
2 Apr 2020 2.33pm
Reply to  Khun Pana

On recieving the first big consignment of masks from China, did an offcial not say specifically that gomen. would be give them out free? IMO, anything free leads to hoarding, profiteering and/or waste. I think, one state has changed its mind on free water.

Bunian Guide of tunglang
Bunian Guide of tunglang
1 Apr 2020 2.55pm

Desperate times call for desperate measures in India. A sudden lockdown order without proper aids and measures (for the poor) nor assurance to those daily wage workers have led to thousands of them fleeing urban centres. With no jobs, no wages to pay for rent, no money and no food, some have to walk hundreds of kilometres to their home villages, some without food for 3 days of walking under the hot sun, some with hungry children in tow. And to add insult to their suffering, some idiot policemen forced those fleeing to walk on all fours as punishment for… Read more »

Chipmunk
Chipmunk
31 Mar 2020 9.50pm

India cracks down on Tabligh group linked to Covid-19 cases
https://www.nst.com.my/world/world/2020/03/579932/india-cracks-down-tabligh-group-linked-covid-19-cases

India did not learn from the Malaysian incident to prevent the gathering?

glissantia
glissantia
1 Apr 2020 3.40pm
Reply to  Chipmunk

As explained by OSTB, the movement started in India. It split into 2 opposing groups. One is aligned with Bangladesh which has been holding the largest mass annual gatherings. I hope the gathering there for this year did not take place.

Chipmunk
Chipmunk
31 Mar 2020 1.34pm

The Women and Family Ministry’s MCO tips for women:
Talk like ‘Doraemon’ and wear makeup at home

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/517848#comment

They should instead focus on eradicating child marriage.

Khun Pana
Khun Pana
31 Mar 2020 7.09pm
Reply to  Chipmunk

Really like the idea. Costume play can be kinky.She should goes 1 step further and encourage women to wear Wicked Weasel while doing housework. On the laughter side, imagine “BossKu” looking at a hippo in pink bikini.

glissantia
glissantia
2 Apr 2020 2.39pm
Reply to  Chipmunk

Other world-class ideas:
– drink warm water
– disinfect road surface
– only driver in car, except for taxi
– will investigate whether sewers are spreading the pandemic

Chipmunk
Chipmunk
2 Apr 2020 7.10pm
Reply to  glissantia

Malaysia’s Raja Bomoh Is Back With A Ritual That Will Protect Malaysia From COVID-19:
https://rojakdaily.com/news/article/8957/raja-bomoh-is-back-with-a-ritual-that-will-protect-malaysia-from-covid-19

Another Bomoh in action to contain Covid in bottle:

Bunian Guide of tunglang
Bunian Guide of tunglang
31 Mar 2020 1.34pm

Disruption. We are all feeling a loss of yesterday lifestyle, robbed from us by a ‘non-living’ virus that has no feeling, no emotion, no ethics unlike us special humans. We miss our favourite street hawker food, the evening jogs in the parks, the social camaraderie at Mamak stalls, the joy of watching movies with families or close friends in mall theatres, or simply catching up chats at cafes on TGIF. I missed my pre-dawn brisk walking in my community park (you commit an offence of MCO if you do it even in your gated community!). We are all social beings,… Read more »

Bunian Guide of tunglang
Bunian Guide of tunglang
31 Mar 2020 1.35pm

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Bayi Yoda
Bayi Yoda
1 Apr 2020 9.04am

Resurrection of tunglang in times of covid-19 brings much reliefs to the misery of home confined restricted movement readers.

shriek
shriek
1 Apr 2020 6.52pm

You social, Corona orso social. First is Cheers, Yam Seng Corona Beer. Now Corona like to be your mate and buddy. They have receptacles and like to stick to your lung!! What is MCO? What is the difference between MCO and Curfew? Can be MCO outside but trying having a party at home and this beat the MCO but then Malaysia under the back gomen gets another cluster of virus patients. Either it is a lockdown like Wuhan or rakyat can have limited freedom such as outside exercise but strictly limited to 1 person social contact. Kopi tiam can serve… Read more »

Bayi Yoda
Bayi Yoda
1 Apr 2020 10.24pm
Reply to  shriek

Shrieking too much later get to be isolated at Belum forest to be cured by bunian from covid 19 and come back a renaissance man preaching peace on earth!!!

glissantia
glissantia
2 Apr 2020 2.49pm
Reply to  shriek

MCO sounds better than curfew. Remember, our purpose in life is to serve and protect the market/the economy/investment/capital above all else. This is why low-paid civil servants battle the pandemic while private hospitals are excused.

Some of the restrictions on permitted hours are only increasing the places/frequency where people crowd closer to others.

shriek
shriek
2 Apr 2020 7.31pm
Reply to  glissantia

If MCO sounds better, why no one defend the good old doc when he just want to do some exercises by himself and keep social distance from others? Our Health DG should tell people not to cluster like rushing for food parcel by SUPP Miri as reported in Miri. Keep the distance and shut the mouth and save the saliva and save lives from infected by droplets

Khun Pana
Khun Pana
30 Mar 2020 8.42am

It is just the 2nd. week.Expect to peak higher this week.Why don’t we discuss food situation?Food is more important. This new power grabbing govt is getting jittery. Other countries are starting to closed their borders and this means no rice coming in. They have to stop exporting their rice . They will keep their surplus rice. Malaysia plant a lot of rice meh? Well, it may sustain a town but thats it. Aborigines(Asli) they are lucky. They have jungle survival skills. They can get fresh food daily. There are good news among bad news. Motorist should be very happy as… Read more »

Chipmunk
Chipmunk
30 Mar 2020 10.22am
Reply to  Khun Pana

Cameron Highlands farmers will start selling some vegetables online from tomorrow, after Lazada created a special sales and delivery service to help the group salvage produce they previously discarded due to logistical problems under the movement control order (MCO).

https://www.malaymail.com/amp/news/malaysia/2020/03/29/after-supply-woes-force-cameron-farmers-to-dump-greens-lazada-steps-in-and/1851378

Transport Minister Wee KS must be thankful to Lazada.

glissantia
glissantia
30 Mar 2020 1.54pm
Reply to  Khun Pana

Transport Minister cannot override those issuing the permits and guidelines for roadblocks.

We may do without rice but what of wheat flour? Packaging for processed food, egg trays, cooked food, etc. may also run short.

The very lowest-paid are doing a heroic job under all sorts of restrictions. Now, we know what the real economy is.

glissantia
glissantia
28 Mar 2020 2.05pm

Please correct the article to “lowest daily rate of increase since 12 MaRCH”.

Govt. should immediately facilitate transport for front-line hospital staff to relieve these tired people of the additional burden. Deploy the idle school or factory buses.