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    We need to start calling out COVID-19 violators

    I’m writing in response to the letter, ‘Don’t hide test results for the sake of travel’, by Concerned Bandarian, which appeared in the Opinion page of the Bulletin on July 20.

    Given that the public no longer has to declare their BruHealth status prior to travelling abroad, I am not surprised that there are people out there who opt to endanger others for personal gains.

    It makes me wonder how safe it is to go at a supermarket or a restaurant. Without the pre-requisite scanning of the BruHealth code at entrances, it is difficult to tell if we are in the presence of a COVID-19-infected individual.

    Take for example the recent return of haj pilgrims. My friend, who works at the airport, said she saw a few people at the arrival hall with obvious flu symptoms. The authorities have repeatedly reminded us to stay home if we’re not feeling well, yet there they were, displaying their poor health for all to see.

    Perhaps the bigger issue lies in our culture. Even if we see someone littering in public and we know it’s wrong, there’s something in our social makeup that will keep us from confronting them.

    The authorities tell us to be responsible and take all the necessary steps to keep the fourth pandemic wave at bay, which should include calling out infected individuals who knowingly endanger the lives of others by visiting public places.

    If the pandemic has shown us one thing, it is that we as a people are adaptable.

    As we enter the new normal, our daily routines bear little resemblance to the pre-COVID past. We have learnt to social distance; we have learnt to monitor our health more closely.

    Maybe it is time to learn to call out those who ignore the standard operating procedures, too.

    Conservationalist

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