COVID-19: Brief overview of risk governance approach from South East Asia (Part Two)
By Dr. Azliyana Azhari & Ms. Farhana Shukhor from Malaysia and Ms. Fitra & Ms. Destrikurnia from Indonesia
Risk Governance during any disaster is considered to be the role of government agencies. The pandemic of COVID-19 is a major global emergency crisis in the contemporary times. The cases of COVID-19 rising alarmingly throughout the world. Up until March 31st 2020, Coronavirus has infected 802,556, with 39,012 deaths and 172,319 recovered based on COVID-19 monitor data.
As a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, most countries’ have taken several bold measures targeted towards health recovery and virus containment. These interventions vary country to country. Some of the significant measures witnessed include: travel bans on immigration and emigration to outbreak hot spots, screening at ports of entry, school closures, nation-wide lockdown and restrictions on gatherings, amongst many others.
Case of Indonesia
The first confirmed COVID-19 case in Indonesia was announced on 2nd March,’20. After WHO declared COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Indonesian government started immigration entry screening at international ports. This was to identify symptomatic travelers for further diagnosis and treatment. It was observed that this was not too effective for preventing the spread as not all the ports were conducting strict entry screening.
Case of Malaysia
COVID-19 has come at a time when Malaysia is still recovering from its financial catastrophe, the 1MDB scandal. This has put a question mark on Malaysia’s financial health.