KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s awkward balancing act between “lives and livelihoods” has finally led to a crisis in the healthcare system as Covid-19 cases hit new highs repeatedly this month.

But the government is refusing to impose a full-scale Movement Control Order (MCO) similar to that which successfully brought daily cases down to single digits a year ago, banking on achieving herd immunity by the end of the year instead of risking economic collapse.

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