Pangkor Island is expected to reopen to tourists who are fully vaccinated from November 1, said Perak Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi.
However, she said the decision to reopen the island is subject to the approval of National Security Council after all information, requirements and standard operating procedure (SOP) have been tabled by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.
“Based on the latest information received, only 87 individuals of the 8,026 residents including tour operators have not been vaccinated due to health problems or are undergoing quarantine as they have been in close contacts or were infected with Covid-19.
The photos of factory workers with pink Covid-19 tags walking around Sungai Siput are actually of the workers heading back for quarantine, say police.
Sungai Siput OCPD Supt Mohd Khaizam Ahmad Shahabudin said the workers had just undergone Covid-19 screening and six of them tested positive.
“The tests were conducted by the Kuala Kangsar district health office on Aug 19.
About 70 funeral workers here have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine following calls from their association to do so.
Perak Non-Muslim Funeral Industry Welfare Association chairman Ng Chuen Wai said all the workers got their first jab on Wednesday (Aug 11).
"Some of us, including myself, got the jab earlier after getting a notification from the MySejahtera app.
"A majority of the workers got the first dose thanks to Perak Youth Assembly Malim Nawar representative Wong Chin Ho and the state Health director," he said when contacted.
Hospitals in Perak are not imposing any charges for the management of the remains of Covid-19 victims.
State Health, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamaruddin said the hospitals would hand over the remains of Muslim Covid-19 patients to the Perak Islamic Religious Department (JAIPk) for funeral arrangements while the bodies of non-Muslim victims would be managed by a private consortium.
“Hospitals never impose any charges to manage the bodies but we don’t know if the next of kin engage in any services from companies or individuals after leaving the hospital,” he said when contacted today.
Gnasegaran Rammaya, a 70-year-old barber who owns the Kedai Gunting Rambut Kampong Kepayang here, was all smiles as he was finally allowed to open for business today.
Perak, together with four other states, entered Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) today, and businesses like barber shops, hair salons, car wash, stationery and electrical appliance shops were finally allowed to operate after more than a month.
“I had zero income for the past 45 days. However, my children are working and they supported me so I don’t have a problem surviving.
ix vaccination centres (PPV) will be opened in Perak in early July to speed up the inoculation process in the state.
State Health, Science, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin said the centres are at the Selama District Council Multipurpose Hall, Gopeng District Council Hall, Inderawati Beruas Hall, Sungai Siput Hall, Felcra Seberang Perak Hall and Merdeka Lenggong Hall.
“As of June 16, a total of 233,298 people in the state have received their first dose while a total of 138,403 people have been given the second dose,” he told a press conference after visiting the Sungai Bayor Health Clinic in Selama today.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad said the state is targeting to screen 2,000 people using Antigen rapid test kits (RTK-Antigen) to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state.
Saarani said the RTK-Antigen screening will be carried out at the locations with high Covid-19 infection rates.
“This is to make sure we identified positive Covid-19 cases which are asymptomatic and has the risk of spreading the virus,” he told a press conference via a virtual Zoom meeting.
Saarani also said the government has identified a company to supply the RTK-Antigen.
A total of 123 media practitioners from Perak will get their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine tomorrow.
Perak Association of Media Practitioners (PPMP) chairman Sayed Mohd Hesham Syed Idris said all media practitioners from various agencies had received their vaccination appointments through the MySejahtera application since 3pm today.
"On behalf of the media practitioners in Perak, I would like to say thank you to the Science,Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti), Health Ministry and the state government as we finally have vaccination appointments.
"A total of 123 journalists and photographers will receive their first dose tomorrow at various vaccine delivery centres (PPVs) in the state," he said when contacted today.
The drive-through option for Covid-19 vaccination is currently only open to those getting their second jab, says Datuk Saarani Mohamad.
The Perak Mentri Besar said this was because the process for the second jab was shorter and easier than for those getting their first jab.
“As we can see today, recipients will start from checkpoint A to B. We will need more checkpoints for those getting their first dose as it involves a few extra steps before they can get their jab, ” he told a press conference after visiting the drive-through centre at the Indera Mulia Stadium here on Thursday (June 10).
“A suitable and larger location would also be needed, ” he added.
A Covid-19 vaccination centre in Teluk Intan has been vaccinating people who are not under phase two of the national immunisation programme, says the state Health Department.
State Health director Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming said checks revealed that the vaccinations were provided on June 4 at the Teluk Intan Municipality Hall.
She said investigations revealed that this included allowing university students who were asked to continue their studies overseas to get their vaccinations despite not having appointments through the MySejahtera app.
A total of 180 individuals in Hulu Perak district received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in the second phase of the Perak Health Department’s Covid-19 Vaccination Outreach Programme today.
The department in a statement today said the programme at the Dewan Merdeka in Lenggong was also attended by Mentri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad.
“This programme is one of the department’s measures to boost the immunisation programme in rural areas so that it runs more smoothly and for the target group in the second phase to benefit from it,” the statement read.
Drive-through vaccination centres (PPV) will be set up in two locations in Perak soon to boost the rate of daily vaccination among the people in the state.
Menteri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad said the state National Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force had identified the Indera Mulia Stadium here and the Bulatan Sultan Azlan Shah in Bandar Meru Raya for the drive-through PPV initiative.
"This initiative was started in Kinta as the district has the highest population in Perak. The state government is confident that it will help to increase the estimated rate of vaccination by between 800 and 1,500 a day, besides reducing congestion in the existing PPVs," he said at a virtual press conference today.