More updates from Malaysia
The Restricted Movement Order (RMO) or Movement Control Order (MCO) is still in effect with some added enforcement now. Restaurants are operating with shorter operating hours, all restaurants allow take-away only, and even convenience stores which are usually open 24/7 have started to close their doors earlier now. I went out to buy lunch for the family today and restaurants have stacked up their chairs and tables and even close their doorways to the public. If people want to order they place an order at the entrance to the restaurant, wait outside, then the staff will bring the food out to you. Even food delivery riders wait outside shops too.
The army was recruited by the government today to help police enforce the RMO by setting up roadblocks and patrolling neighbourhoods to ensure people are not gathering or leaving their houses unnecessarily.
These roadblocks might appear drastic, but they are really necessary as many people still leave their homes for trivial purposes.
The RMO has disrupted life in Malaysia, as I'm sure many other nations under lockdown are experiencing, but it seems to be helping curb the spread of COVID-19. As I mentioned in an earlier post, a religious event was the spark that ignited the second wave in Malaysia. Since then the RMO was enforced and when compared to Italy, Malaysia's effort to flatten the curve seems to be working.
It's still expected for the number of cases to continue to rise in the coming days, but once the bulk of the cases from that religious event are identified and treated, hopefully our curve will continue to flatten.