GEORGE TOWN: The state government will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation in Mukim 13 (sub-district 13) in the northeast district of Penang island before a decision to implement the conditional movement control order (MCO) is taken, says Chow Kon Yeow.
The Penang Chief Minister said a meeting was scheduled on Monday (Nov 9) between the state government, state National Security Council (NSC) and the state Health Department.
“My advice is to continue to monitor the situation at sub-district 13 for two more days before the scheduled meeting on Monday.
“We will discuss Covid-19-related issues during the meeting besides getting the latest updates and advice from the state Health Department.
“From there, we will see if the conditional MCO is needed for sub-district 13 or a part of the area where more cases are reported, ” he told reporters after the opening ceremony of Malaysia Silk Road Society’s centre and launching ceremony of the ‘One Belt One Road’ new book at Jalan Kampung Malabar in George Town on Saturday (Nov 7).
However, Chow does not deny the fact that the NSC would impose conditional MCO there if many cases were reported within the two days.
“The state government will hold a discussion on Monday before making a decision and proposing to the NSC to implement a conditional MCO at sub-district 13. The area is huge and an in-depth study is needed, ” he added.
Sub-district 13 covers an area of about 32.8 sq km and has a population of 271,000 people and is made up of Kampung Melayu, Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, Relau, Paya Terubong, Bukit Jambul Complex, Lip Sin Garden, Bayan Mutiara, Sungai Dua, Taman Bukit Gambir, Kampung Sungai Gelugor, Batu Uban, Pulau Jerejak and a part of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
The sub-district is considered a Covid-19 red zone after 41 cases were reported there.
Beginning Nov 6, the conditional MCO was imposed on Mukim 12 (sub-district 12) in the southwest district of Penang island.
Sub-district 12 covers an area of about 26.7 sq km and is placed under the conditional movement control order (MCO) until Nov 19, affecting 150,000 people.