Pahang to tighten SOP compliance to curb Covid-19 spread


KUANTAN: The state disaster management committee will be taking proactive measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 after Pahang recorded an increase in number of infections.

There are five active clusters in Kuantan — Atabara and Inten in Indera Mahkota, Kuala in the town centre and Kristal and Padang clusters around Kampung Padang and Jalan Besar.

“Among the measures is to increase standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance enforcement especially around Kuantan.

“A total of 75 people were compounded from December 13 to 15 for failure to comply with the SOP such as not scanning the My Sejahtera QR code, not wearing face mask inside premises and not having their temperature taken when entering said premises, ” the committee said in a statement.

It said strict enforcement action would be imposed on premises that failed to comply with the SOP.

“There have been premises, including a popular restaurant in Teluk Cempedak, ordered to close because the operator failed to comply with the prescribed SOP.

“Therefore, SOP compliance will be tightened among visitors of places that are focal point of crowds such as shopping centres, restaurants and other business places.

“Enforcers will also inspect the accommodation of restaurant, factory and construction workers, ” said the committee, adding that action would be taken if these places did not follow physical distancing guidelines.

The committee also reminded mosque committees and administrators of non-Muslim worship houses to ensure visitors comply with the SOP.

Organisers and hosts of gatherings are required to comply with the SOP as well, it said.

“In addition, from December 18 to 31, all state departments in the Kuantan district are not allowed to hold programmes involving the public.

“Interaction involving the public at counters will also be reduced and an appointment system implemented instead, ” it said.

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