Rising occupancy rates at hotels here indicate the state’s tourism sector was gradually recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
He said most hotels have reported occupancy rates of between 78 per cent and 100 per cent, especially on weekends.
Chow said this was an encouraging sign for the tourism sector’s recovery.
As the authorities try to contain the spread of infections from the Sivagangga Covid cluster, the Penang executive councillor in charge of public health has expressed frustration with the Health Ministry for not acting on her suggestion earlier.
Dr Norlela Ariffin had asked for overseas returnees to be subjected to centralised quarantine instead of self-isolation. However, the ministry had only reverted to enforced centralised quarantine on July 24.
Penang today confirmed one positive Covid-19 case in the state, bringing the tally in the state to 122 since the pandemic first hit.
The state has not recorded any new infection for the past 91 days, earning it the only state in Malaysia with a green state status.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow urged residents to remain calm and not resort to sharing unverified information.