Tighter SOPs on social activities the likely next step for Penang, says CM

GEORGE TOWN: The next step of the movement control order for Penang is likely to entail stricter standard operating procedures (SOP) for social activities, which have been a contributing factor to the rise in cases.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said although SOP compliance rate was high in the various sectors,"everyone is a potential host of the virus and can spread it".

"From the latest cases we have seen that a majority comes from social activities and education.

"It used to be clusters from factories but now it has spread to the community through social activities.

"Due to this it is possible that whichever form of MCO is implemented on the state (targeted or a full lockdown) will mean tighter SOP for activities which have lead to the spread of Covid-19," he told a press conference after lauching the Penang e-learning programme 2.0 at Komtar here on Friday (May 7).

Chow said an updated risk analysis report was sent to the Health Ministry on Friday after a recent spike in Covid-19, hitting 305 new cases on Thursday (May 6).

Chow said the updated report was sent in time for the National Security Council (NSC) meeting that will be held later on Friday.

"I believe a decision will be made on the direction for the state today," he added.

Asked if the industrial sector will be closed temporarily as it is the main contributor to clusters in the state, Chow said the approach right now is to let the state Health Department carry out risk analysis and decide on the next steps concerning factories.

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