PENANG’S domestic tourism was affected by the conditional movement control order (MCO) in the Klang Valley.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state’s recovery relied on business and leisure tourists from Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor, adding that the market had slowed down over the last two weeks.
“Penang will not be able to face a third or fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic as it would severely affect public health and the state’s economy.
“We must strictly adhere to the standard operating procedures to break the chain of the virus and restore our green zone status.
“We did it before and we must be wary that if there are cases in other states, it could indirectly affect our status, tourism and economy, ” he said after a cheque presentation ceremony in Komtar on Wednesday.
Chow said the state government had applied for an extension of the enhanced MCO of the remand prison earlier, which was agreed by the Health Ministry and National Security Council (NSC).
“The Bayan cluster saw a factory being ordered to close for two days for disinfection.
“Almost 200 foreign workers were placed under quarantine, where close contacts with the index case have led to a few cases in the community.”
Chow also reminded the public to be patient and only rely on official statements from the Health Ministry, NSC or the state government.
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