We’re only two months shy from ending the year, yet the pandemic is still going strong. In fact, Covid-19 is kicking hard, putting many districts in the red zone.
One such district is Petaling Jaya where officers have advised the community to go straight home after work.
In case you missed it, DG Noor Hisham alluded to the spike in cases by asking everyone to stay home on Twitter. Then, news broke that we had the highest new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia since June. So far, things are looking grim.
Making matters worse, at the time of writing this, a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) has been announced which will take place at midnight October 14.
This CMCO will see the barring of inter-district travelling where workers will need to show their work pass or consent letter from employers in order to move from one district to another as well as the two-person rule where only two people are allowed to buy essentials or travel in one car.
All places of worship will be closed along with schools and universities. It goes without saying that recreational activities and large gatherings such as weddings are restricted during this time.
While that is a progressing story at the moment, the situation with Petaling Jaya remains dire with many popular spots confirmed for having Covid-19 cases. Amongst these hangouts are Paradigm Mall, 1 Utama and most recently, the Tropicana Golf and Country Resort.
At least 23 local and foreign employees at the golf club have tested positive for the virus. Officers were dispatched to the scene when they found out the club was still operating. According to the police officer stationed there,
“A total of 597 staff comprising both locals and foreigners have been targeted for screening. We have been told that screenings will begin on Wednesday.”
As a parting message, Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal advised folks in Petaling Jaya by stating,
“Once you finish work, go home. Try to postpone gatherings and ceremonies for the time being.”
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As for Paradigm Mall, 15 employees of Brands Outlet were suspected positive for Covid-19. They were swiftly quarantined and the store was temporarily closed for sanitisation.
According to a statement, one employee from 1 Utama’s Parkson Elite has been tested positive for Covid-19. Evidently, they were asymptomatic which further proves how dangerous and unassuming the virus is. Recently, 1Utama decided to close for a week for the safety of its customers.
However, shopping malls aren’t the only hotspots for Covid-19. Sadly, schools have been the main target for the virus’s spread.
The PM’s special address on October 6 mentioned the government’s decision to shut down schools in areas confirmed by the Health Ministry as red zones. Petaling districts have been listed in the areas confirmed to be red zones. This involves 298 schools which ranges from primary and secondary.
The best thing to do now is to stay home and hope we can flatten the curve together.