Penang, an island known for its heavy traffic during peak hours was all quiet on the first day of the Movement Control Order (MCO). Checks by the New Straits Times this afternoon showed traffic on the road was halved following the closure of the majority of non-essential premises.
BAYAN LEPAS: Despite the Movement Control Order being in place, it was business as usual for some factories here today. Checks by the New Straits Times this afternoon found that while the majority of the factories were closed, some were operating as normal.
The state government will fully abide by the 14-day Movement Control order, which takes effect nationwide on Wednesday (March 18). Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state government was committed to strict monitoring of the situation to ensure the people’s health and safety.
The country’s first drive-through test for Covid-19 will be made available at the Pantai Hospital here in Bayan Baru. A hospital spokesperson said the test would be unveiled within the end of this week and will cost about RM650 for each test kit.
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has put in place 16 initiatives to safeguard the well-being and safety of its campus community in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.In a memorandum to the campus community and neighbouring communities, USM vice-chancellor Professor Dr Faisal Rafiq Mahamd Adikan expressed hope that the current global situation is being taken seriously by all.