Johor Ruler: Govt should impose full lockdown if Covid-19 cases keep going up


JOHOR BARU: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar urges the government to consider a full lockdown if Covid-19 numbers continue to go up.

His Majesty also urged all levels of society to commit to a self-lockdown to break the chain of infection.

In a statement posted on His Majesty’s official Facebook page on Wednesday (May 26), His Majesty expressed concern that more than 7,400 new cases were recorded on Wednesday (May 26).

His Majesty described it as frightening and urged all facets of society to stay home to break the chain of infection as the virus was spread through the mingling of people.

“We must not only be disciplined enough to stay home but must realise that by going to public places or even just a neighbour’s home, we could get ourselves infected unknowingly, or we could be carrying the virus and passing it on to others. It is selfish to only think of ourselves! Think of others too!

“Therefore, there must be discipline across the board for all levels of society to commit to a lockdown to prevent the worst from happening to all of us. The government should consider a full lockdown as well, if Covid numbers show no sign of abating.

“Let’s swallow the bitter pill now, instead of suffering continuously in limbo, ” said His Majesty.

Sultan Ibrahim added that he sympathises with all frontliners, especially medical staff, who have to bear the brunt of the virus’ onslaught.

“We can see for ourselves their exhaustion and depression, yet they diligently stick to their duties and tasks. Remember, Covid-19 is not the only disease they have to deal with.

“Have pity on them. We must all do our part to reduce the burden on them and break the chain of infection for our greater good, ” said His Majesty.

Sultan Ibrahim also spoke to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah by phone and was updated on the latest Covid-19 developments.

“The emergence of new variants is also frightening, and the virus is now airborne too. If infections continue to rise, I worry even more variants of Covid-19 will appear.

“In these uncertain times, I also urge those who are able to step forward and help others who have fallen on hard times in any way they can, ” said His Majesty.

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