WITH Penang almost becoming a Covid-19 green state, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has called on Penangites to adhere more strictly to the District Risk Reduction Programme (DRRP) to achieve a complete break of infection chains.
This includes, at the community level, taking an effort to report to community leaders or the police if groups of people are seen gathering, and recording the details of visitors to high-rise dwellings.
For 10 days since April 15, Penangites had felt a growing sense of relief and joy when no new infections were found here.
But last Sunday, two new cases surfaced in north Seberang Prai District, near Butterworth.
For a state to be declared green, there must be no new Covid-19 cases found for at least 14 days.
In his daily online briefing yesterday, Chow called on Penangites to strive hard to “defend the green zones and fight in the yellow and red zones”.
Chow said he attended the National Security Council meeting on Tuesday chaired by the Prime Minister and based on the briefing by the Health Ministry, the movement control order (MCO) was ready to be lifted if all states adhere closely to the DRRP for the final phase of the MCO.
“The strategies outlined include four key principles which include border control, movement control, social distancing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
“These four principles will be supported by three major backbones: protect the family, the community and the districts.
“To protect the family, keep ourselves clean by always washing our hands with soap and water, obey the MCO, monitor everyone’s health and seek immediate treatment if symptoms occur, restrict visitors, carry out disinfection and practise online purchases and payments.
“As for protecting the community, appoint coordinators of preventive activities in the community, report to community heads or the police of group activities, limit and record the movements of people.
“The community should keep a social distance and practise hand hygiene, disseminate education on Covid-19 prevention and be motivated to stay green with no cases.
“The community should also report any suspected cases of Covid-19 to the authorities, ” he said.
Chow said the district action council would focus on vulnerable groups such as senior citizens and other groups at risk of spreading infections.
“We will also work closely with community agencies such as the village community management councils, Rukun Tetangga and NGOs.
“We will motivate and give incentives to communities which are committed to maintaining a green zone, ” he said.
Chow also detailed the efforts of every member of the state executive council in helping fight Covid-19.
He said Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman had launched extensive public education videos to educate Muslims on how to practise their faith during the MCO.
Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy, he said, had launched special aid programmes to help poor Indian communities.
Every other state exco member had launched efforts to help Penangites cope with the MCO and prevent Covid-19 from spreading.
“I want to assure the people of Penang that the state government never sleeps. We will continue to serve you and ensure your health and safety as well as the resilience of our economy.
“I was informed by the state police chief that the MCO compliance rate in Penang during phase three of the movement was 97.88% and that 1,691 people were arrested throughout the period.
“The state Health Department director has also told me that there are no new clusters in the state and that all medical frontliners are healthy, ” he said.
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