Despite daily spikes in cases, rate of increase has stabilised a bit

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The bad news is that the number of coronavirus cases in Malaysia continues to rise – today was the highest (212 new cases) so far for the country. But the good news, if you could call it that, is that the percentage rate of increase is generally lower than it was last week, before the movement restrictions came into effect.

Check out the table below that I compiled. Does that mean the stay-at-home mode is having an effect? I hope so.

As for Penang, just eight cases today.

But we’ve got to bring down the absolute number of daily increase in cases before our ICU beds get filled up. Hopefully the Ministry of Health is considering tapping into the other medical resources in the country (military hospitals and field hospitals, and private hospitals as well as their staff) and ramping up test capabilities.

As for the rest of us, we must continue to stay at home unless really necessary. And even then just make quick trips to the nearest shops for food, if you really run short. Unless you are doing “national service”, which is a different story.

How are you all managing for food? I bought lots of fruit and vegetable. Time for some healthy eating while we see this through.

Those of you who are running businesses, please take care of your workers during this difficult period, especially if they are paid daily. Lots of daily paid workers including undocumented workers, refugees and the elderly are vulnerable at this time. It is good to see many voluntary groups rising to the occasion.  That’s the spirit! Hopefully less divisive talk of race and religion as we rally together in solidarity.

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Today, we saw another blunder over whether foreigners should be charged for coronavirus treatment in hospitals. It took the Minister of Health director-general to clarify the situation. And then there was some confusion about those 10 million face masks from China. Were they sold by China or supplied free?

      Malaysia       Penang  
                 
Date   Cases Increase Increase (%)   Cases Increase Increase (%)
Jan 24            
  28 4 4          
  29 7 3 75        
Feb 3 8 1 14        
  4 10 2 25        
  5 12 2 20        
  6 14 2 17        
  9 16 2 14        
  12 18 2 13        
  14 19 1 6        
  15 21 2 11        
  27 22 1 5        
  29 25 3 14        
Mar 2 29 4 16        
  3 36 7 24        
  4 59 23 64        
  5 55 -4 -7        
  6 83 28 51        
  7 93 10 12        
  8 99 6 6        
  9 117 18 18        
  10 129 12 10        
  11 149 20 16        
  12 158 9 6        
  13 203 45 28   7 7  
  14 238 35 17   7
  15 428 190 80   7
  16 553 125 29   15 8 114
  17 673 120 22   23 8 53
  18 790 117 17   30 7 30
  19 900 110 14   32 2 7
  20 1030 130 14   37 5 16
  21 1183 153 15   50 13 35
  22 1306 123 10   58 8 16
  23 1518 212 16   66 8 14
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Chipmunk

To flatten the curve, please Stay At Home, do not go out lepak or ronda unnecessarily. Use this Hokkien video to spread the message the elderly folks who could not understand government messages (mostly in Malay language):

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