CM: Stay vigilant in Covid fight despite green status

PENANGITES must remain vigilant and continue to observe the conditional movement control order (MCO) although the state has achieved the green zone status.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the people should adhere to the standard operating procedures while celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“The Penang government has announced earlier that for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations, we took into account the advice by the Health Department director who did not encourage more than seven guests at flats and apartments.

“It is still advisable for family members to celebrate among themselves.

“This is to reduce the risk of contracting the virus among the high risk groups comprising senior citizens, expecting mothers and children, ” he said in his Hari Raya message on Friday.

Chow also extended his festive greetings to all the Covid-19 frontliners, saying their sacrifice would not be in vain.

“We have achieved a 98% conformance status which is one of the best among the three states in the northern region.

“It’s the tenacity and resilience of the people in Penang that enable us to achieve the green zone status, ” he said.

Chow said the state had not rested on its laurels since the on-set of the pandemic.

“We have been taking pro-active measures with utmost priority given to the safety and health of the people and the health of the economy.

“Our strategy during the conditional MCO has been recognised as very effective where the business sectors in Penang were only allowed to reopen gradually in three phases, ” he said.

It was reported that Penang did not follow the conditional MCO in totality then.

The first phase, known as the preparation phase, saw all sectors being encouraged to do their planning, preparation and implementation of the standard operating procedure (SOP) as outlined by the National Security Council.

The second phase is known as the normalisation phase, where the sectors allowed to operate had to strictly adhere to the SOP while the third phase saw the reopening of all business sectors.

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