‘Penang can’t afford another wave of Covid-19’


BUTTERWORTH: Members of the public are reminded to strictly follow standard operating procedure (SOP) if they do not want to be hit by another wave of Covid-19.

The state, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (pic), could not afford to go through another outbreak as it would severely affect the economy.

“There is fear that if a second wave hit us, we won’t survive. We might not know whether we can stand on our own two feet again as the impact will be great.

“The public must take the SOP seriously such as maintaining social distancing, wearing face masks, avoiding mass gatherings and always using hand sanitisers, ” he said after launching the newly upgraded Robina Eco Park in Teluk Ayer Tawar yesterday.

Chow said after more than four months under the movement control order (MCO), the country was able to bounce back although Covid-19 cases were still being reported.

The state government, he added, was now focusing on awareness and educating the public on the importance of adapting to the new norm.On state tourism, Chow said Penang had seen an increase in local tourists from other states over the past few weeks, with hotels in Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bungah recording an improved occupancy rate.

He hoped that the industry would perform even better when the international border reopened to foreign tourists.

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