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Measures taken have become inadequate to fight Covid-19, says Gerakan

Feb 8, 2022

GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan has urged all politicians to drop the partisanship and focus on saving lives and the economy, which has been on the back foot for the past two years as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Politicians, according to Gerakan vice-president Datuk Baljit Singh, must ensure that Covid-19 is not about politics but a public healthcare issue which requires everyone to be part of the effort to fight it.

He said the country’s leaders must be part of the solution and not the problem.

“It is with great dismay that Malaysia is now witnessing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases with over a 100 per cent increase to more than 11,000 cases on Monday. The surging rate of cases, with an estimate given by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin that it could surpass 20,000 cases daily in the coming week, is a testament that the present measures taken have become inadequate to fight Covid-19.

“This is a ‘wake-up call’. We must and can do better. Whether it is the Omicron or Delta variants, the fact remains that the virus is now re-entering our lives despite the high vaccination and booster shot campaigns.

“The authorities pride themselves with an extensive abidence to the standard operating procedures (SOP) and our borders still remain closed to many foreigners. Yet, the cases are soaring. We need to ask ourselves why. I think it is apparent that the politicians (with no offence towards Khairy) fail to understand that the situation has worsened because they have allowed complacency to creep in.

“Our authorities should not be making excuses. Instead they must take responsibility for this surge, and they must convince the people to be disciplined, regardless of whether the infections are Category 1 or 2 (mild symptoms). We were supposed to be in the endemic phase by the first quarter of this year. Is it still possible now?” he said.

Baljit likened Covid-19 to “poison to humans”, noting that for those who were fortunate to escape with their lives despite contracting the virus, they must understand that a substantial number had lost loved ones, relatives, friends, or colleagues.

“We owe it to these families who have lost their loved ones to fight Covid-19 better by fully adhering to the SOP, building up our immunity, while also taking the required boosters,” he stressed.

According to the World Health Organisation’s recent census, over five million people have lost their lives in over two years.

“This is not a negligible number,” said Baljit.

He said it was now proven beyond reasonable doubt that vaccinations may not totally prevent infections, but it could contain the symptoms from becoming lethal.

“So, for the remaining anti-vaxxers out there, do humanity a favour and get the vaccines.

“It is also proven that vaccines alone are not effective. There is a need to embrace the SOP. We must have daily adherence to masking, physical distancing and maintaining strict hygiene.

“Another tool we should use is to conduct self testing, especially since the self-test kits are reasonably priced despite the inflation,” he said.

Malaysia today recorded 13,944 Covid-19 cases, a surge from 11,034 yesterday, bringing the country’s cumulative cases to 2,939,198.

The national infectivity rate (Rt) also climbed to 1.32 yesterday, with Perlis reporting the highest Rt value in the country at 1.54.