The Final Countdown - Life In Lockdown, Day 0

It's only minutes to midnight, and once that clock chimes, 32 million Malaysians, including yours truly, will be under "lockdown ". I've been busy with the family, now preparing for Covid-19 (Coronavirus ). I use asterisks, as it's not technically a "lockdown ", but officially referred to as "movement control ".

This was just announced yesterday to help control the outbreak of Covid-19, given that Malaysia now has the highest case count in South East Asia. It's worrying that we now have nearly 700 confirmed cases, and we've also had our first two deaths today, announced just hours ago - a Muslim priest, and a Christian pastor.

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Though, while the government aims to curtail movement, it seems that Malaysians are taking this chance to start moving about, at least before they can't. Malaysia's yearly schooling session has four scheduled holidays in a year - one week in March, two weeks in July, another week in August, and the final year-end break in November until after New Year's - which is rather generous...

As of two days ago, the first term school holidays have started, and people were anxious whether they should, or shouldn’t travel. It seems that the government's official announcement has people in a bind, now in a hurry to get back to their hometowns, or just somewhere away from the city.

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I'm not entirely sure if travelling is a good idea, and whether it'll actually risk spreading the virus further onto the countryside. It's not just the countryside either, but also along customs. To the north, we have a border with Thailand, and we share a bridge with Singapore to the south. Between us three nations, hundreds and thousands of people travel in and out, to commute to work.

Soon, they might not be able to clock in again until April, and they're taking this chance to travel, and stay in whichever country that they're working in. Also, I've just had to experience my first round of panic buying yesterday, though it wasn’t us who's doing all the buying.

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Luckily, good ol' mom asked me out to help her with groceries days beforehand, so we didn't need to make any last-minute shopping trips. Still, we've missed out on a few items, and we probably didn't have enough to last until it's all over. Having went to local mini-marts, we saw packs of people waiting in line at the counter, and we just had to shove our way through.

Given that one of the better ways of mitigating Covid-19 is reducing human contact, this wasn't an ideal situation. It's events like these that highlight some of the worse aspects of humanity, and this "herd mentality " that my dad talks about. Whenever someone starts panic buying and picking stuff off the shelves like a maniac, other follow along.

Some people do only purchase what they need, but more people don't. Shelves have been emptied out, as people are grabbing stuff that they either don't need, or just too much of it. As we were walking through the isles, baskets and trolleys were filled to the brim with mountains of goods, while we couldn't even get the stuff that we needed.

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Rice, noodles, bread, sugar… There were none left. When people start biting more than they could chew, there's less of a bite for everyone else, even for those who really need that bite. Consequently, it looks my mom and I will have to do a couple more grocery trips during the movement control.

This loops back to why it's called "movement control ", and not a full "lockdown ", since it's not as severe as some other countries, for the time being anyways. Sure, businesses, work places, and schools are closed, but markets and grocery shops remain open. Some restaurants, while not allowing dine-ins, still allow for takeaways and deliveries.

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For now, we don't need permits to leave home, nor are there any severe curfews. Most of the quarantines are voluntary, and this makes me wonder - why are people panic buying stuff? Since shops are still open, and they'll continue to be stocked, why are people grabbing more than they need, all in one day?

In any case, we'll officially be under lockdown soon, and I suppose I'll have more to say tomorrow, with Day 1 starting. It'll last until the 31st of March, so there's plenty to time to think about it, and in the meantime, I'll at least have you to keep me company :-)


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  • @oldmans

    @tipu curate

  • @offgridlife

    We are in Lock down here in Canada.

  • @offgridlife

    I hope you have a Toilet Paper and weed.

  • @ultratrain

    I'm waiting for the morons in the government here is the States to try this. Guess every time there's a bad influenza season we'll be put in a lockdown. Everyone acts like it's the end of civilization.

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  • @deeanndmathews

    We are experiencing the same thing here in San Francisco... ours goes to April 7

  • @heroldius

    In Montreal we have to stay home too. I work from home and it's not easy with the kid to have some quiet time. That is why I'm less present on Steem.

    Keep up and healthy

  • @ifesports

    Lol the first two paragraphs got me laughing, great piece here. Weldone

  • @dexter-k

    Stay safe! We've been in lockdown in Spain for two days officially now. I'm keeping a kind of journal about it, keeping track of every day. I wish we had started the lockdown at 700 cases, it took Spain much too long to react, and now the situation is out of control. Over 1500 new cases every day and rising at this point. I'm trying to follow all the people who are doing a journal of their quarantine experiences. I'm calling mine Quarantine Chronicles and I'm gonna use the tag #quarantinechronicles on all of my posts about it from now on. Use the tag if you want, I'm really into reading other peoples experiences as we all go through this around the world!

  • @jelenastyle

    In Serbia we are in quarantine- day 2. Still we are allowed to go out until 20.00h but I’m sure that it will be changed soon, until total locked down. I think that this is one big lesson for whole planet earth and people that we can win this battle only if we united together. Keep safe 🙏

  • @bitrocker2020

    its a good reflection on how fragile life is ... at least we get to spend some quality time with the family ( or go insane within 2 weeks ) =) cheers buddy !

  • @littlenewthings

    I'm not entirely sure if travelling is a good idea, and whether it'll actually risk spreading the virus further onto the countryside. It's not just the countryside either, but also along customs. To the north, we have a border with Thailand, and we share a bridge with Singapore to the south. Between us three nations, hundreds and thousands of people travel in and out, to commute to work.

    That is exactly what I am talking about.

    These people really are not thinking straight and everyone is rushing to go back at the same time and risk even MORE spread as you know that the largest exposed ethnic group to the virus were among Muslims (especially those who went for the conference ); and they are not 100% certain they are virus free of not.

    For now, we don't need permits to leave home, nor are there any severe curfews. Most of the quarantines are voluntary, and this makes me wonder - why are people panic buying stuff? Since shops are still open, and they'll continue to be stocked, why are people grabbing more than they need, all in one day?

    Very simple: Scared to lose, scared to die

    Most of the whatsapp group are spreading the fear rumours of a 1 year curfew which I think in some point it is politically driven, making the pandemic is the fear itself, unleashing the worst of human side.

    I am grateful that some of the supermarkets are open to seniors and aided citizens first before the public even for an hour; which gives the vulnerable a chance to stay in the game of survival, while other very god-forsaken ugly self-centered fear-driven individuals horde everything (especially the fresh greens and let them rot).

    Sometimes I do not know where the wisdom of humans have gone to.

  • @cizolf

    Well its funny that when there was no virus and I could go out all day I preferred to stay cooped up in my room playing games and now that everyone is supposed to be lockdown all I want to do is go outside.

  • @tonytrillions

    !giphy very eager

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