‘Situation at Batu Maung under control’


Abdul Halim (white shirt) checking the Covid-19 SOP compliance at an eatery in Taman Iping, Batu Maung.

BUSINESSES in Penang are encouraged to carry on with their activities as long as they abide by the standard operating procedure (SOP).

State trade and industry, and entrepreneurial development committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain said that in the current economic state, businesses cannot afford to close.

Those who love to spread rumours are not helping, according to Abdul Halim.

“Recently, there have been a lot of rumours surrounding a Covid-19 case in Batu Maung where an individual tested positive.

“We want to clarify that the situation at Batu Maung is under control.

“The close contacts of that patient were all screened by the state Health Department and the affected premises were ordered to close for three days for deep cleaning.

“According to the Health Department, if no other cases are detected at the premises, they will be allowed to open for business again, ” he said at a press conference after a visit to business and residential premises at Batu Maung on Saturday.

Abdul Halim, who is Batu Maung assemblyman, said three sites were closed.

“The premises will likely be allowed to re-open while the patient’s close contacts will remain in quarantine for 14 days, ” said Abdul Halim.

“As such, we urge the public not to panic, not to spread rumours and ensure that they follow the SOP wherever they go.

“Do not be complacent. As long as you follow the SOP, everything is fine.

“We want to remind people to be alert, to observe physical

distancing and for businesses to adhere to the SOP.

“We encourage entrepreneurs to take their businesses online and use delivery services.

“This is to reduce the need to move around.”

Last Thursday, it was reported that Batu Maung’s wet market was closed after a visitor tested positive for Covid-19.

Eighteen traders from the market had to undergo Covid-19 tests.

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