2021-05-09

Malaysia activates epidemic hot spot warning system, temporarily closes many risky shopping malls

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(Fighting New Coronary Pneumonia) Malaysia activates the epidemic hot spot warning system and temporarily closes many risky shopping malls

China News Service, Kuala Lumpur, May 9th (Reporter Chen Yue) At noon on the 9th, preparing to live Wimes, the British who bought the ingredients of the day at the fresh supermarket, stood in front of the Intermark Mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and sighed in front of the closed door.

Weims, who was sent to work in Malaysia three years ago, has experienced three actions control orders in Kuala Lumpur so far. He reluctantly told reporters that during the previous two movement control orders, although most of the malls were closed, fresh supermarkets were still open. Unexpectedly, on the first weekend after Kuala Lumpur’s third implementation of the movement control order, the fresh food supermarket I often go to was also closed. “It seems that I have to worry about dinner today.” He said with a wry smile.

Malaysia activates epidemic hot spot warning system, temporarily closes many risky shopping malls

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p > There were many Kuala Lumpur residents who had closed their doors in front of the mall like Wims. On the 8th, the Malaysian government released 151 potential infection hot spots of the new crown pneumonia epidemic in accordance with the early warning system “HIDE” developed by the Ministry of Health of the country. Kuala Lumpur accounted for 66 of them, including a number of AEON (AEON) branches, Sunshine Plaza, and Cypress Well-known shopping malls such as Wei Nian are among them. The listed shopping malls, supermarkets, and markets subsequently announced that they would be temporarily closed for 3 days from the 9th.

Malaysian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Haili Jamaluddin previously explained that “HIDE” will predict whether a specific place may become a hot spot of infection based on population density, space restrictions and air circulation. , Thereby assisting the government to adopt a more precise and transparent way to contain the epidemic. This is also a measure taken by the Malaysian government in response to the recent rise in new confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia.

The Ministry of Health of Malaysia reported that as of 12 noon on the 9th, the country had newly confirmed 3733 cases of new coronary pneumonia in the past 24 hours. On the 8th and 7th before this, the numbers were 4,519 and 4,498 respectively. The total number of newly confirmed cases in Kuala Lumpur and surrounding Selangor has remained at 40% to 50% of the total number of newly confirmed cases in the country. Malaysian Federal Territory Minister Anuya recently pointed out that data shows that about 700 confirmed patients have visited many shopping malls and supermarkets in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian government has previously announced that Kuala Lumpur will implement the movement control order for the third time from May 7 to May 20.

The reporter saw on the streets of Kuala Lumpur that day that in the first weekend after the resumption of the movement control order, the flow of people and vehicles was greatly reduced, especially near well-known shopping malls and landmark buildings, no longer the previous scene of crowds. The Malaysian Shopping Center Association, the Retail Association, and the Retail Chain Association issued a joint statement on the 9th, declaring that the store closure regulations are too hasty and questioning the accuracy of “HIDE”. It is stated that it is worried that the store closure will cause huge losses to the industry, and hopes that the government will temporarily cancel the store closure measures before ensuring that the system is more accurate.

Malaysia’s Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Jacobs, who is responsible for the control measures for the new crown pneumonia epidemic, said on the evening of the 8th that the country’s epidemic situation is “worrisome”. He asked the military and police personnel to cooperate with local governments to strictly implement measures to close stores once they are listed as potential infection hotspots. (End)