More updates from Malaysia
First off, a little pat on the back for Malaysia as an associate professor from Washington University has praised Malaysia's efforts to control and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, then lamenting how he wished the US would learn from countries like Malaysia, citing a "clear and consistent" message in fighting the pandemic.
Indeed, I've praised our Ministry of Health before, and I can't praise them enough for leading the fight against COVID-19. They have been extremely transparent, and like the article above says, clear and consistent in its communications with the citizens of Malaysia. Just a while ago I got a message via their Telegram channel explaining what molecular test is used to test patients, and why a soon-to-be-available commercial kit isn't recommended (the message was in Malay so I won't share it here).
Several major corporations in Malaysia have been doing what they can to aid in the fight against COVID-19, many offering their services for free during this pandemic. As medical frontliners, police, and military personnel work day and night, these corporations come to them to offer help.
Pay-day is coming, and Malaysia is gearing up to control crowds at banks at ATMs. For starters, banks will be limiting their operating hours, including access to ATMs and cash deposit machines which are usually accessible 24/7. Next, police and military personnel will be on hand to help control crowds and ensure social distancing is being practised at banks and ATMS.
There's been rumours that Malaysia may extend the Movement Control Order which was initially scheduled until the 31st of March. While that may be a bummer, as I said in another conversation, we must do whatever it takes to end this pandemic.