The world is currently in its second year of the COVID-19 pandemic and the country has imposed a second round of Movement Control Order (MCO) to stem its spread, but many people are still finding it hard to follow the bare basics.

According to The Star, the majority of 8,765 people arrested from Jan 1 to 18 this year, comprised those who did not wear face masks in public, as stipulated by law.

Such offenders topped the list 27 per cent (2,422 people) out of the total, said a report in the daily.

Worryingly, this is a 78 per cent increase from the 1,362 violations recorded between Dec 1 and 18 last year.

Coming at a close second are 1,760 people who were either remanded or issued compounds for conducting activities at entertainment centres. This is followed by those who failed to prepare entry logs or record customers' details (1,749), and not practising physical distancing rule (1,671).

People who travel inter-state or inter-district (227), and premises operating beyond permitted hours (197), as well as those who carry passengers beyond the allowed limit (27) also made the statistics.

It is perhaps this lax attitude that is causing the country's COVID-19 numbers to be in the four digits daily.

Yesterday, 4008 new infections and 11 deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of cases and fatalities in the country to 169,379 and 630, respectively.

The global coronavirus infection and death tally has surpassed 97.3 million and two million, respectively.


Source: The Star
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