Inching towards Phase Three

A drive-thru mass screening process being conducted at the Batu Kawan Stadium. – Photos posted on Jagdeep’s Facebook page

THE number of Covid-19 cases discovered in Penang has escalated with the increase in the mass screening conducted by the state.

Penang local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the Penang Saring Covid-19 (PSC-19) programme found that 319 people tested positive after the RTK-Antigen test, out of which 123 were confirmed as positive after the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

“This was after 10,424 people were screened out of 12,652 who registered.

“The positive PCR tests formed a percentage of 1.8%,” said Jagdeep after observing the mass screening exercise held at the Batu Kawan Stadium on Sunday.

Jagdeep said a total of 1,180 people registered for PSC -19 at Batu Kawan.

“We have a lot of work to do in our fight against Covid-19.

Jagdeep meeting the people waiting for their turn in the mass screening programme.Jagdeep meeting the people waiting for their turn in the mass screening programme.

“Our screening programme has been confirmed by the World Health Organisation as essential,” he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said that with the setting up of more vaccination centres and the ramping up of the inoculation rate, the cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses rose to 841,276 as of July 23 from 334,174 a month ago.

“Notably, 594,640 individuals in Penang or 43.5% of the state’s adult population have received at least the first dose.

“This includes the 246,636 people in Penang who have received both vaccine doses, representing 18% of the state’s adult population,” said Chow.

He was speaking during a virtual dialogue with captains of industries which was organised by investPenang on Saturday.

“The increase in vaccine administration to about 30,000 doses per day is a boost for the state government.

“We are now confident in fulfilling one of the three main threshold indicators set under Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan by the third week of August, which is to fully inoculate 40% of the adult population,” said Chow.

Aside from accelerating the inoculation rate and the mass screening, Chow added that the state was also adopting the 3T (testing, tracing, treatment) strategy which was also crucial in breaking the chain of infection.

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