PENANG is expected to progress to Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) in the next few weeks.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this was subject to approval by the national Covid-19 pandemic management special committee meeting.
“From what we monitor, the number of Covid-19 positive cases in the state is declining as well as the bed usage rate in the intensive care unit (ICU) which was once at 90%, but is now only over 60%.
“This indicates a progress towards controlling the pressure on the facilities of the public health service sector in the state,” he said.
The Covid-19 cases in the state as of Sunday was 279 compared to 2,400 cases over a month ago.
“This is a very positive change,” he said at the launching of the Low Carbon City and Smart City achievement book at the Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) headquarters in Bandar Perda on mainland Penang on Sunday.
Chow said if the trend were to continue, he expected Penang to move to Phase 4 of NRP in two to three weeks.
Also present at the event were MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud, Penang local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo, MBSP acting secretary Baderul Amin Abd Hamid and several city councillors.