The City Parish on Penang Island has disclosed that a parishioner who attended mass last Sunday at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows here, has tested positive for Covid-19.
The church said that at the material time, all standard operating procedures (SOP) by the National Security Council were adhered to where the parishioner checked-in via scanning the MySejahtera QR code and the temperature recorded was normal.
"The parishioner who was deemed asymptomatic, and subsequently identified as a close contact of another Covid-19 positive case, proceeded to get tested.
"The result of the Covid-19 test, which was positive on March 19, was communicated to City Parish immediately," its parish priest Monsignour Aloysius Tan said in a statement.
Only 35 pupils turned up at SJKC Keng Koon in Simpang Ampat, after Covid-19 cases were detected among pupils.
There were supposed to be 1,194 pupils enrolled in the primary school this year, with 839 of them attending the morning session.
Teachers have no choice but to soldier on with their jobs, while waiting for further instructions from the Health Ministry.
It is believed that there are currently 12 Covid-19 cases involving pupils of three classes in Year Four and Year Six.
Two private hospitals in Penang may take part in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, says Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
"From informal sources in the private healthcare sector, two private hospitals in Penang have been identified," he told reporters on Friday (March 12).
Chow said the matter was raised during a recent meeting with Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who welcomed it.
The rate of administering the first Covid-19 vaccine dose in Penang would be stepped up soon.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow today said earlier three hospitals in Penang have yet to initiate the vaccination programme.
“I was recently informed that the three hospitals have just started their vaccination programme, which I believe would help increase the rate of administering the first dosage of the Covid-19 vaccine here in Penang,” he told reporters here.
Chow said he had proposed for private medical practitioners to take part in the vaccination programme during a stakeholder session with the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
The Penang state government is requesting the central government to allow private hospitals in the state to procure Covid-19 vaccine and to dispense it to those who can afford to obtain their jabs faster.
State Health, Agriculture, Agro-based Industry and Rural Development Committee chairman, Norlela Ariffin said the matter was raised with Coordinating Minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), Khairy Jamaluddin in a Vaccine Engagement Meeting yesterday.
“In the meeting yesterday, I told Khairy to allow private hospitals here to acquire vaccine so that those who can afford especially the VIP group would receive their shots faster by paying (to private hospitals).
The first phase of Covid-19 vaccinations in Penang will involve more than 30,000 frontliners, says Chow Kon Yeow (pic).
The Penang Chief Minister said he hoped that the process would be smooth with equal distribution to the state.
"The Penang government is giving full commitment to the Federal government regarding its implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
About 90.3 per cent of Covid-19 patients recorded between January 1 and February 12 did not display any symptoms, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
Quoting data obtained from the Health Ministry, he said there must be a focus on curbing the spread of the virus within the community, especially when sporadic spread within the community is now at 70 per cent and involves all ages.
“As of February 15, the R-naught (Rt) for the whole country is at 0.88 and Penang is at 1.01 which is still high,” he said in a statement after attending the virtual meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) as chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today.
North-east district police chief Asst Comm Soffian Santong said about 320 fines have been issued to individuals who flouted Covid-19 SOPs between January 13 and February 9 in the north-east district of Penang island.
He said the fines issued were for various offences but many were those who gathered in groups in public areas such as by the beach, behind shops or under the shed.
“We find many individuals like to gather in groups to chat with no valid reason to be outside their houses so most of the fines issued were for these people,” he said after conducting a spot check at the Cecil Street Market here today.
Police arrested a man who fired two warning shots into the air using a rifle, as he was enraged over a neighbour’s alleged affair with his wife in an incident in Sungai Semambu, here, yesterday.
Seberang Perai Tengah district police chief, ACP Shafee Abd Samad said in the incident at 1am, the victim was at home when he heard knocks on his door and found the window of the house broken.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has urged the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) to control the price of Covid-19 screening test at private clinics so that it is accessible to all.
CAP education officer, N.V. Subbarow said currently, the price of RT-PCR and RTK-Antigen tests at private clinics ranged between RM220 and RM388 and RM90 and RM170, respectively.
“CAP is worried that if it is not controlled, higher charges will be imposed by the private clinics.
Less than 50 per cent of foreign workers in Penang have been screened for Covid-19 as of last month, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
Chow said statistics from the state Health Department showed that less than 50 per cent of the 128,889 foreign workers in the state have undergone their swab tests.
"Based on the current situation, the state government is looking at cooperating with the private sector, including the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Penang to expedite the screening of factory workers, both citizens and non-citizens.
The five-star Hotel Equatorial Penang will shut down effective March 31, according to an internal memo that has gone viral on social media.
The hotel will be the latest to close after three hotels shut down last year in Penang due to the Covid-19 situation.
The memo, signed by its general manager Alan HC Ong, said staff would receive severance payments despite huge losses suffered by the hotel.