KUANTAN: The Pahang government plans to tighten regulations if the increase in Covid-19 cases is not brought under control.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said he was informed that there had been a trend of increasing cases in the past two weeks, with four districts categorised as red zones, namely Bentong, Kuantan, Temerloh and Raub.
He said that as of Monday (May 3), the number of active cases with infectivity stood at 354.
"I am very worried about the trend in the Kuantan district which is not showing any decrease. As of noon on Tuesday (May 4), the cumulative number of positive cases in the district is 1,470, with 143 active cases from nine clusters.
"The number of pending samples is 647 while 1,942 people have been subjected to home quarantine orders," Wan Rosdy said in a statement on Tuesday (May 4).
He said the National Security Council recently declared an enhanced movement control order (MCO) in Taman Tanah Putih Baru here to control the spread of the virus in the community.
Wan Rosdy said this was believed to be caused by infections in mosques, possibly due to breaking fast and moreh activities that did not comply with prescribed standard operating procedures (SOP).
He added that firm measures like the MCO imposed in Mukim Gali and Tras, Raub could be taken if cases continued to increase.
"I hope the people of Pahang, together with the state government and the enforcement authorities, will ensure compliance with the SOP.
"For the people of Kuantan district in particular, let us control the spread of this pandemic by taking the following control measures: restrict official activities and events in the form of gatherings involving the public, restrict movement in and out of the district, always abide by the SOP set by the Pahang Islamic Religious Department, and always maintain physical distancing when dining in.
"The number of visitors to Ramadan and Aidilfitri bazaars at any one time should also be reduced from the existing capacity to ensure physical distancing appropriate to the size of the bazaar site," he said.