Kedahans urged to be more vigilant in Covid-19 fight

ALOR SETAR: Kedahans have been urged to be more vigilant in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic as the standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance rate so far has been unsatisfactory, says state Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mohd Hayati Othman.

“The compliance rate among the public in the state is mediocre, ” he said when contacted yesterday.

Dr Mohd Hayati said that although SOP compliance operations were conducted from time to time, the rate was still at an unsatisfactory level of 70%.

He said apart from the continuous operation by the police and other related government agencies, the state government must take steps to increase public awareness about the SOP.

Among the measures taken were putting up more billboards at strategic locations and instructing local councils to be proactive in reminding the public about the importance of following the SOP.

“We plan to put up more billboards related to the SOP compliance and the importance of it in our effort to stop the infection and outbreak of the virus.

“Local councils have also been asked to go to residential areas and villages to remind the public about it, ” Dr Mohd Hayati added.

He said the public should be aware that the fight against the virus was a priority and should not be taken lightly.

Following a spike in Covid-19 infections in Kedah, the Alor Setar prison has been placed under targeted enhanced movement control order (MCO) for 14 days.

Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said it would be in effect for 14 days from 12.01am today.

On Saturday, the Health Ministry said that 113 new cases were detected in Kedah, out of which 112 infections came from the Tembok cluster.

The cluster emerged on Sept 30 when a 46-year-old Malaysian worker contracted the coronavirus and subsequently died of the disease.

As of Sunday, the cluster had 429 cases mostly involving detainees.

Several roads near the prison area would be closed during the targeted enhanced MCO period.

It is learnt that the roads involved comprised the traffic light junction of Lebuhraya Sultanah Bahiyah and Lebuhraya Darul Aman, and from the traffic light of Jalan Alor Semadom.

The road in front of the prison may also be closed both ways.

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