IPOH: The Perak state government has offered two locations here to be turned into low-risk Covid-19 centres.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the centres are at Stadium Indera Mulia and Langkap, Teluk Intan.
“We proposed the centres to the state National Security Council (NSC) as an effort to lessen the burden in hospitals.
“We suggest the centres be used for those who are positive with Covid-19 but are not in critical condition or showing any symptoms, ” he told reporters at a press conference held at the state Secretariat Building here on Thursday (Nov 19).
On Wednesday (Nov 18) Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that two localities in Ipoh - Zone B and Zone C - will be placed under an enhanced MCO beginning Friday (Nov 20).
Faizal said the low-risk centre in Stadium Indera Mulia can accommodate at least 160 beds.
“We are currently waiting for approval, but the centres are ready to be used.
“In the midst of the outbreak, we will always work closely with the Health Ministry to help lessen their burden, ” he said.
Faizal added that a one-stop centre has been set up at Taman Meru 2C in Zone B and Zone C to get groceries supplies.
“Since they are under enhanced MCO, they are not allowed to go out to get groceries. They can get groceries and other necessities at the centre.
“Before the announcement was made, the Tambun parliamentary service centre and Kinta District Office had paid a visit to the area and supplied some dry and wet groceries to the residents.
“The decision to declare the area under enhanced MCO had to be taken due to the rising Covid-19 cases reported in the area and the fact that it is a highly-populated area, ” he said.
Separately, Faizal announced a special allocation given to help small traders in the state.
“Under the state Economic Stimulus Package Phase 4, we have approved an allocation of RM9mil to assist small traders.
“In addition to the allocation, we are giving a free one-month rental for food stalls and shops registered under the local governments.
“This will benefit at least 10,000 small traders in the state, ” he said.
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