The united declaration calls for a range of measures to safeguard supplies of essential medical goods and support innovation for future Covid-19 treatments and cures.
Now is not the time for countries to look inwards. The crisis will only be resolved, and economies will only recover, if countries are allowed to trade and collaborate freely with each other.
If we are absolutely unable to wait for the epidemiological situation to improve, then the staged approach taken by Selangor is the model to follow.
Lack of preparation will result in unsuccessful implementation of the SOPs, increased risks, frustration, conflict, public tension, and most importantly, increased infection and spread of the disease.
Let us be kind to each other.
Many patients cannot afford to compromise, interrupt or defer treatment.
It would be tragic if the decision to hold food bazaars and congregational tarawih prayers during the Ramadan month would result in more Covid-19 infections and loss of life.
Deployment of the military in peacetime should never be treated lightly.
We can follow Perlis and Singapore’s lead in taking similar precautionary measures.