The Covid-19 pandemic, that is still plaguing the world, has been affecting all walks of life, especially small traders who are feeling the pinch the most due to the outbreak.
A check at the Penang Sentral here today found that the majority of traders were concerned as they have hardly any customers of late.
The temporary closure of several factories in the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone here is necessary to break the chain of Covid-19 infection and prevent the situation from escalating, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
He said this had to be done although it would have a huge impact and result in major losses.
The government has agreed to enforce the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at the Seberang Prai prison and prison quarters in Penang for another two weeks from Nov 19 to Dec 2.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made following advice from the Health Ministry that 73 Covid-19 screening tests on prison staff and families were yet to be released.
He said the cumulative positive cases in the areas were 557 cases.