Prior success does not mean much as far as combating the Covid-19 virus is concerned. Over the past week, Malaysia has seen a record-high number of new cases. The headlines are definitely worrying, but we are certainly not alone.

The rest of the world too is grappling with an upsurge in new cases, an ominous sign even before the northern hemisphere heads into colder winter months. This rising second-third wave is reported in countries that had previously managed to contain the spread via lockdowns and stringent restrictive movement measures as well as those that were largely spared the initial outbreak.

It is a stark reminder that we cannot afford to be complacent about the still-present risks. No one is immune. Not even the president of the US, who, together with his wife and several close aides, was confirmed positive for the virus. But it is also very important that we must not panic and overreact.

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