Keeping guard over green zones

THE Penang government will be out to protect the green zones where there are no Covid-19 cases, and at the same time, bring down the cases in the orange zones, said Dr Norlela Ariffin.

“So far, we have no red zones in the state and we do not wish to go there.

“We are following guidelines given by the Health Ministry closely and considering the fact that we are a small but industrialised state, our numbers are quite low compared to other states.

“The cases in Penang are quite low compared to the national average and we hope to keep the situation under control, ” the state health, agriculture and agro-based industry and rural development committee chairman said.

The red zone category is for areas with at least 41 Covid-19 positive cases; orange zone (20-40 cases); yellow zone (1-19 cases); and green zone (no case).

On Sunday, it was reported that the Health Ministry identified four new sub-clusters at several madrasahs, one of which was at Penanti in Seberang Prai.

Under the sub-cluster, six positive cases were discovered and they were sent for treatment.

Two are still being treated at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar, Kedah, while four others had recovered and were discharged.

A total of 291 people were also screened in connection with the sub-cluster, of which 256 are students and the remaining being staff members.

Norlela said the sub-cluster identified in Penanti happened much earlier and believed that the Health Ministry did not leave out anyone in relation to the sub-cluster with the Covid-19 screenings.

“All the students, staff members, family members and close contacts of those in the madrasah were screened a few weeks back and all tested negative other than the six reported ones.

“Although this happened when the school holidays began in mid-March and the students already started heading home, the Health Ministry has since traced these people.

“Despite the school holidays, they were able to trace all of them as all those under religious schools are registered.

“They are easily traceable, along with their family members and close contacts. As such, I believe that everyone in connection has been screened.

“But of course, we are still monitoring the situation in the state closely and will manage the existing cases in a detailed manner, ” she added.

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