Although the COVID-19 situation in the country is under control, the risk of transmission is still present so we must never let our guard down.
Social or physical distancing, personal hygiene, avoiding crowded places, public events or social gatherings must always be observed.
Recently however, thinking the worst is over, groups of people have started going out to parks and beaches with their families, which clearly is a blatant disregard of the health and safety measures.
It is regrettable to see that some people have become more complacent about the risk of contracting the virus and begin to assume that the measures imposed by the authorities are already being relaxed.
This happens especially during weekends when families are seen spending time outdoors with family members and friends without observing physical distancing.
This stubborn attitude not only risks the spread of the virus to their families and the public but can severely hamper the government’s efforts and the frontliners’ sacrifices.
Everyone must play a role in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Think of the many business owners who are struggling to keep their businesses afloat and self-employed people, who are grappling to make ends meet.
They pray and hope the COVID-19 pandemic ends soon so that they can continue to work and rebuild their businesses.
Our success in ending the crisis depends on people taking social/physical distancing seriously.
The recalcitrant attitude must be curtailed.
We must not let people move around except for urgent needs and important matters.
I am glad to see the police have already issued a stern warning to the public.
This should be followed up with regular patrols at popular spots and nab and fine anyone violating the Act.
In Western countries, it is the lax attitude that plunged many into their worst nightmares today with hospitalisation and death rate tolls in the hundreds and thousands daily, seriously overwhelming the healthcare systems.
Bruneians must not be complacent and go about as if everything is normal.
The crisis, as the Minister of Health has repeatedly said, is not over yet. No one is immune from COVID-19 and we must continue to be vigilant and take steps to reduce exposure to the virus.
Maybe we all can optimistically say ‘we’ll get through this eventually’. The fact is we don’t know how long this fight will go on.
Even if we manage to end the crisis earlier in this country, our region and the rest of the world may not be able to do so that fast.
This can take months or even beyond the year. We must cooperate totally and heed seriously the Ministry of Health’s advice. The greater the compliance, the faster we will defeat this invisible enemy.