Kelantan recorded an all-time-high tally of 150 daily Covid-19 cases today.
State health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said Kota Baru registered the highest number of cases at 50, followed by Gua Musang (27) and Pasir Mas (21).
He said the 150 cases take the cumulative tally of infections in the state to 2,133.
Dr Zaini added that 79 of the 150 cases are from close contacts, 45 from clusters, while the rest were detected via screening tests.
A total of 2,344 individuals were compounded by the police for flouting the Movement Control Order (MCO) in a series of operation in Kelantan.
State police chief Datuk Shafien Mamat said the offenders were issued compounds for various offences since the MCO was imposed nationwide in March last year.
"Between March and in the first three days of the second MCO which started on Jan 13, police compounded more than 2,000 people for breaching the MCO's standard operating procedures (SOP).
Kelantan residents have accepted the Movement Control Order (MCO) that has been reimposed in the state from today until January 26 for their own sake and to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Akin to the phrase ‘kita jaga kita’ (we take care of ourselves), generally, those met by Bernama accepted the government’s decision to implement the MCO for the second time.
This included traders who willingly made the ‘sacrifice’ despite the MCO implementation would affect their income as they had to comply with the stipulated standard operating procedures (SOP).
A total of 708 Covid-19 cases recorded in Kelantan were caused by interstate travellers.
Kelantan health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said the figure was recorded between the second wave of the pandemic on Sept 23 last year and yesterday.
He said the cases were recorded from the 18 clusters reported state-wide.
"Kelantan has 18 clusters so far and we have tallied 708 cases since September last year. Based on our records, interstate travellers lead to new clusters to emerge."
Those who are self-employed in Kelantan and need to go out to look for daily jobs can now apply for a one-time travel permit at the nearest police station, Kelantan police chief Datuk Shafien Mamat.
He said the one-time permit would be for issued for the duration of the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) in the state from today until January 26.
“They don’t have to come several times to get permit to go out to work, like when the MCO was enforced for the first time before. Now, they only have to apply once, and the permit can be used until the end of the MCO.
Traders at Pasar Peringat are frustrated over the Health Ministry’s decision to impose a conditional movement control order (CMCO) in their locality.
They said the decision has led to a significant drop in the number of customers.
Their representative, Siti Fazilah Harun, 30, said more than 30 traders in the market have been affected.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced earlier that the Peringat and Kota sub-districts in Kota Baru, Kelantan will be under a CMCO until Jan 17 in the wake of new Covid-19 cases among residents of Pondok Daril Naim in Melor.
15 policemen here had to be tested for Covid-19 after they were found to be in close contact with a criminal from Selayang who was positive for the virus.
Kelantan deputy police chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Abdullah Mohammad Piah said the 15 comprised a senior officer and 14 lower rank personnel, all attached to the Kota Baru district police station.
KOTA BARU: Many Kelantanese have expressed dismay over the poor attitude towards Covid-19 preventive measures shown by visitors to the state and those returning to their hometowns.
Apart from blaming them for the recent increase in Covid-19 cases in the state, locals also described the returnees as "stubborn" and insensitive to the health of others.
KOTA BARU: Travellers from red zone states who recently returned to Kelantan for the holidays have brought the Covid-19 virus with them.
State Local Government, Housing and Health Committee chairman Dr Izani Husin said this was based on the statistics of Covid-19 cases today, which showed that 11 out of the 31 cases were imported from outside the state.
KOTA BARU: The long break in conjunction with Christmas, which coincides with the school holdays, has attracted many outsiders to the famous Pantai Cahaya Bulan here.
The number of visitors increased by more than double as compared to regular weekends made up of out-of-towners who were mostly from Terengganu, Pahang and Selangor.
The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) imposed in four Kelantan districts will end earlier than scheduled, except in two areas in Penggawa.
Senior Minister (security cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the CMCO in Kota Bharu, Machang, Tanah Merah and Pasir Mas will end tomorrow instead of Dec 20.
Project developers and contractors in Pahang have been reminded to continuously adhere to the standard operating procedures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at construction sites in the state.
Pahang Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) chairman Rozaiman Hassan said those who defy the SOPs, which are vital to ensure workers' safety and deter Covid-19 transmission at construction sites, will be hit with a closure order.