Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah has proposed that media practitioners in the state be included in the first phase of the Covid-19 immunisation programme.
He said this is because the group is considered as frontliners who are at risk of being infected while working.
“Therefore, I am recommending that media practitioners be among the first to receive their vaccine shots, as these people go everywhere and are likely to be infected,” he told reporters after a state exco meeting at the Kota Darul Naim Complex here today.
Friday and obligatory prayers will be allowed to be held at all mosques, suraus and musalla in Kelantan with the presence of 30 per cent of the congregation based on the capacity of the premises with one-metre physical distancing between congregants, beginning February 12.
Kelantan Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (Maik) president Tengku Tan Sri Mohamad Rizam Tengku Abdul Aziz, who is also the Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan, said the prayers would be implemented in the manner until a date to be announced later.
He said religious lectures including Quran classes would also be allowed to be held based on the same SOP.
Continuous efforts by the relevant enforcement agencies in educating the public on the Covid-19 virus have helped reduce the number of new infections.
Kelantan health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said this was based on the number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the state lately.
He said the department believes the ban on interstate and inter-district travel during the Movement Control Order (MCO) also contributed to the drop in cases.
"Since the MCO was imposed, fewer Covid-19 infections were recorded in the state and we believe the Government's decision not to allow such travels is effective especially in Kelantan.