The term coronavirus or COVID-19 is no stranger to anyone in all parts of the world. The coronavirus not only transformed the economic landscape, but it also changed the way we live.
Since the beginning of March, the number of confirmed cases in Malaysia has been rising rapidly and it concerned majority of Malaysians. It created fear and anxiety among family and friends, colleagues and business owners. On 16 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced that Malaysia will be placed under a nationwide movement control order (MCO) beginning 18 March to 31 March 2020 as a measure to control the COVID-19 outbreak. The MCO prohibits movement and mass assembly nationwide, Malaysians are barred from leaving the country and restrictions are placed on the entry of all tourists and foreign visitors into Malaysia; non-essential services are commanded to remain closed until March 31.
Subsequently, on 25 March 2020, the government decided to extend the MCO further until 14 April 2020 i.e. Phase 2. Now we have stepped into the Phase 3 of MCO which will end on 28 April 2020. There also seems to be a possibility of Phase 4 of the MCO.
Every citizen is concerned about this outbreak and looks forward to the daily updates by Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia on the new confirmed cases as well as the number of recovered patients. We are beginning to witness the flattening of the curve and most importantly, the number of recovered cases are increasing and have exceeded the number of new cases on some days. Nevertheless, there are still many uncertainties in these unprecedented times.
To aid Malaysians during this crisis, the government has announced a couple of economic stimulus packages, the latest being Bantuan Prihatin Nasional to support and fund individuals' income and help businesses manage cash flow issues.
Aon conducted a pulse survey among employees in Malaysia from 6 April to 10 April 2020 focusing on how employees are feeling and coping with these changes and the government initiatives in relation to COVID-19. This report summarizes the findings of the pulse survey.
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