Social distancing is the way to go to tackle COVID-19

The social-distancing measures announced this past week by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has elicited much uncertainty, fear and panic. However, despite the abrupt decision, health professionals agree that such measures will save lives in the long run. Malaysia imposed social-distancing movement restrictions later than many other countries after the current pandemic – for example,…

A more coherent government in response

The Malaysian Health Coalition supports social distancing measures announced by the government. Although seemingly drastic, we believe that these measures are necessary to contain the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. These measures are not unique to Malaysia, with many countries already closing schools or restricting movements, and some declaring full lockdowns or a state…

Medical group: Govt must act more decisively to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed like in Italy

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — Medical experts representing seven local professional societies urged the government to act and implement quick and firm measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak and avoid an uncontainable surge in cases. The group, named the Malaysian Health Coalition, suggested that the government undertake a two-pronged strategy aimed at reducing the number…

Malaysia loses its grip on Covid-19 outbreak

KUALA LUMPUR – A sudden spike in coronavirus infections has triggered alarm in Malaysia, with the Muslim-majority country now reporting the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia. The country experienced its biggest single-day jump in infections on March 15, with 190 new cases. That number rose again on March 16 (Monday) with 125…

Malaysian Health Coalition on COVID-19: We do not want Malaysians to undergo the recent Italian experience

KUALA LUMPUR (March 16): A group of local medical experts representing seven professional societies has urged Putrajaya to implement “quick and firm measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and avoid an uncontainable surge in cases”, reported The Malay Mail today. Calling themselves the Malaysian Health Coalition, it said in a statement that: “If the total…

Medical group: Govt must act more decisively to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed like in Italy

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — Medical experts representing seven local professional societies urged the government to act and implement quick and firm measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak and avoid an uncontainable surge in cases. The group, named the Malaysian Health Coalition, suggested that the government undertake a two-pronged strategy aimed at reducing the number…