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Penang says no to disinfection chambers in public spaces

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The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) will not allow mobile disinfection chambers to be installed in public spaces, Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said today. He said these contraptions would only give people a false sense of security when the most effective way to curb the spread of Covid-19 is to practise social distancing and sanitise one’s hands regularly.

More roadblocks, round-the-clock patrol at sea for Penang

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With the country moving into the third phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO), police here have stepped up enforcement to ensure people continue to fully comply with the stay-at-home order. State police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said stricter measures are being taken both on land and at sea following the recent seizure of a boat carrying 202 Rohingya refugees near a beach resort at Jalan Pantai Kok in Teluk Nibung, Langkawi. He said, at present, about 40 police road blocks have been set up statewide.

Delivering relief to patients

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PATIENTS can now get their follow-up medicine quickly and easily during the movement control order (MCO) period without going to the hospital. Two hospitals and two health clinics in Penang are offering online services for patients either through the post or express parcel service. The state Health Department, through its Facebook page, announced that Penang Hospital, Bukit Mertajam Hospital, Bayan Baru health clinic and Butterworth health clinic would be offering medicine delivery services.

CM: Penang to work with various NGOs to assist migrants, refugees during MCO

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The Penang state government is working with various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to ensure the safety, health and welfare of migrants and refugees, including the Rohingya, are looked after during the movement control order (MCO), said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. He said the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) does not discriminate between race, religion or citizenship so it can also spread among the migrant and refugee communities.

Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah flyover to Bayan Lepas in Penang closed from tomorrow

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The Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah flyover from George Town heading to Bayan Lepas here will be closed to traffic from Monday (April 13) following the extension of the movement control order (MCO). Southwest district OCPD Supt A.A. Anbalagan said all vehicles coming from George Town towards Bayan Lepas will be diverted to the roads beneath the flyover. The road closure will start from Sungai Nibong Pesta site and will be closed from 7 am on Monday, he said in a statement here today.

Penang’s Seberang Perai Utara is new orange zone, KL’s Lembah Pantai top district in nine-day run

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Penang’s Seberang Perai Utara district has now become an orange zone, which means that three out of the five districts in the state are now orange zones or one step below the most severe category of red zones, the latest Health Ministry data released today shows. Seberang Perai Utara, which was initially a yellow zone with 20 Covid-19 cases recorded as of April 10, became an orange zone when its total tally of cases crossed the 21-case threshold and increased to 23 cases as of April 11.

Nearly 200 detained in Seberang Prai for flouting MCO

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Up to 198 people here have been detained by enforcement teams since March 18 for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO). Seberang Prai Tengah district acting police chief Superintendent Mohd Mustafa Bidin said the figure includes 34 people who were arrested on Saturday.

Penang duo loses over RM40,000 in online face mask scam

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Two private sector workers were cheated out of over RM40,000 in a face mask sale scam on social media, recently. The duo, aged 36, is believed to have noticed a Facebook advertisement for face masks, and decided to make bulk purchases from the “seller” after they failed to find supplies of the item at local pharmacies.

Penang says no to barber shops operating during MCO

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Barber shops and hair salons in Penang will remain closed during the movement control order (MCO) period even though the Federal Government has given the nod for them to operate. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state government decided against the move as it viewed seriously the public feedback on the matter.

Penang mulls not allowing barber shops to operate during MCO

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Penang has urged the Federal Government to reconsider the move to allow barber shops and hair salons to operate during the third phase of the movement control order (MCO) because they do not provide for social distancing.

Penang CM: No new Covid-19 clusters reported

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Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow today said there were no new clusters of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) reported in the state to-date. He said the latest cases in the state, including six new cases yesterday, were due to exposure from an old cluster.

Five slapped with RM1,000 compound for violating MCO

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Five individuals became the first batch of people to be slapped with RM1,000 compound for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Penang police satisfied with MCO compliance at Pasar Bisik Kuala Muda

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It was almost a foreign atmosphere at the Pasar Bisik Kuala Muda in Penaga here as fishermen shout out the prices of their catches, in direct contrast to the quiet whisperings the market is famous for before the movement control order (MCO) was enforced. Today, MCO and social distancing rules are observed as fishermen hauled baskets of their catches up to the market and heaped it on trays and baskets on the floor, at a distance from each other.

No Touch 'N Go reload at Penang Bridge

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To eliminate physical interaction with the customer service assistants, PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS) has closed its reload service toll lane at the Penang Bridge throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO). PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS) in a statement today said this is to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19 to its customers and customer service assistants.

Challenging season for durian farmers

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Amid the intense fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, durian plantation owners are facing some thorny issues, from an insufficient number of workers to a big drop in demand, which is also expected to be affected by the upcoming Ramadan month. This year, the durian season is likely to begin at the end of this month, around the same time as the puasa month, which will likely start on April 24.

CM: Penang micro businesses, SMEs can apply for zero-interest loan from tomorrow

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Penang micro businesses and small and medium enterprises (SME) may apply for the Penang Business Continuity Zero Interest Loan from tomorrow, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow announced today. The Penang lawmaker said the scheme is open for applications from April 8 to 21. “The state government has allocated RM30 million for this scheme and the Penang Development Corporation will be managing the scheme,” he said in his daily message on Facebook.

Penang reaches the highest MCO compliance level

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The level of compliance among Penang folks with the movement control order (MCO) is now at 99.9 per cent since its implementation on March 18, said State Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo. He said both the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) have reported that as of yesterday, the MCO compliance rate was at 99 per cent and 99.9 per cent respectively.

USM monitoring situation of students stranded in India

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Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) said that it is closely monitoring the situation of its 350 students who are studying medicine in Belgaum in Karnataka, India, during the country’s 21-day total lockdown. In a statement, it said that discussions pertaining to its students’ health, welfare and safety are being done on a daily basis via its Covid-19 Nerve Centre.

Some eligible businesses start operations, others are unsure

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Several businesses, which were given the green light to operate from today, have resumed operations. Checks by the New Straits Times at Jalan Perak and Jelutong found hardware and spare part shops opening their doors since 8am.

Penang has three suggestions for Putrajaya for the final 9 days of MCO

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Penang has urged the Health Ministry to provide additional preliminary tests for Covid-19 and simplify its procedures. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said, if the need arises, the state government was prepared to assist the ministry in this initiative in Penang.

MCO: Penang city council goes digital to help hawkers, traders

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The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) is setting up a digital platform to help local hawkers, traders and markets during the movement control order (MCO) period and after, Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang announced.He said the city council is looking for a medium to long term solution to help traders remain in business.

International flights to Penang halted, says CM

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All airlines at the Penang International Airport (PIA) have cancelled their international flights into the state, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. He said the matter was informed to him by PIA Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.

Penangites returning from abroad to be quarantined at KLIA

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Penangites returning home via the Kuala Lumpur International Airport would be quarantined near the gateway. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said Penang residents returning from abroad would not be allowed to continue their onward journey back to their home state.

Malaysia must shift to productive mode for financial sustainability

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Malaysia must cope with the possibility of a longer Movement Control Order (MCO) period due to increasing number of new Covid-19 cases in the country. Penang Chief Minister's investment adviser Datuk Seri Lee Kah Choon said as such the stimulus packages including an additional package of economic measures favouring Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sector to be announced next week was considered be nothing more then a 'life support' action.

12Make, PSC collaborate to produce DIY visor for hospital frontliners

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As healthcare centres need as many face shields as possible while treating and testing Covid-19 patients, 12Make Sdn Bhd and Penang Science Cluster (PSC) have come together to help produce a practical do-it-yourself (DIY) version of it. 12Make Sdn Bhd managing director Louis Ooi Shiong Yirk and his friends from PSC have produced a simple face shield that was given the thumbs up by his frontliner friend. The face shield is only made up of three main items - a plastic visor, a stretchable headband and a PVC sheet, which can be attached and detached easily within seconds.

Penang reps donate 30 per cent of salary to state Covid-19 fund

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Penang assemblymen have agreed to donate 30 per cent of their one month salary towards the Penang Covid-19 fund. In a joint statement, both the government and opposition party representatives gave their nod to the initiative, following the announcement of the state committee chairman agreeing to donate one month's salary last week.

Free over-the-phone psychological counselling for those impacted by MCO

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Wawasan Open University (WOU) and International College of Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioners Asia (ICCHP) are collaborating to provide free psychological counselling to those who are stressed out or needed emotional support during the movement control order (MCO). The ICCHP Asia has a team of 16 professionals, including six psychiatrists, to offer counselling over the phone. The service is available from 9am to 9pm daily until April 30 or email icchpcovid19@gmail.com to arrange a convenient time to chat. The numbers to call are:

Penang MCO compliance level reached 98.9pc, says Jagdeep

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The Penang government today announced the state’s compliance level towards the movement control order (MCO) has reached 98.9 per cent. State Housing, Local Government and Town & Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) reported as of yesterday, the MCO compliance level of 98.9 per cent and 98.85 per cent respectively.