No Covid-19 Clusters Detected in Penang, Says CM

GEORGE TOWN: There are no Covid-19 clusters in Penang and the new cases over the past few days are due to clusters from other states, says Chow Kon Yeow.

The Chief Minister said the clusters differ as some are from the Sivagangga and Tawar clusters in Kedah and the Kurau cluster in Perak.

“The individuals under investigation are from localities and districts such as South Seberang Prai, Central Seberang Prai, South West and North East. To date, there aren’t any reports of new clusters in Penang,” said Chow in statement on Sunday (Aug 16).

“People should remain calm and carry on with their daily activities as normal by practising physical distancing, wearing face masks and following all the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Chow said the public and private sector need to work together in ensuring the SOPs are complied with and urged the people not to spread unverified and inaccurate reports.

“Any statements on daily positive cases in all states will be officially issued by the Health director-general, and all should refrain from pre-empting the official statements.

Chow added that the statements issued by local authorities will be confined to aspects of the SOPs and current actions taken in promoting the new norm to the people in Penang.

“If there is a spike in daily positive cases, the state National Security Council will recommend to the Chief Minister certain drastic actions to be taken, including tightening the movement control order (MCO) or implementing targeted MCO in the particular locality.

However, Chow said all recommendations can only be discussed at the state level as any implementation of targeted MCO will only be considered and announced by the Health Ministry.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/08/16/no-covid-19-clusters-detected-in-penang-says-cm

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