Pulau Pinang shifts to Phase Two of NRP effective 7th July 2021- Senior Minister Ismail

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KUALA LUMPUR JULY 5: The state of Pulau Pinang has successfully enteredthe Second Phase of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) effective 7th July 2021 after reaching the three threshold indicators of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the main indicators are; the average daily infections for seven days are under the threshold value of 12.2 cases per 100,000 that is 9.5 cases per 100,000.

He said, the utilisation of beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) wards had reached moderate level and the valuation of the Capacity Respond was at the adequate level.

“The complete two dose vaccination for the adult group has reached more than 10 per cent or 10.1 per cent.

“Based on the three indicators and detailed analysis carried out by agencies including the Ministry of Health (MOH), the government agreed to implement Phase Two of NRP in Pulau Pinang,” Ismail said in a statement here today.

The Senior Minister added, for the states that have shifted to Phase Two, it is advisable for them to continue protecting the community from COVID-19 infections besides elevating the states performance to shift to the next Phase.

This will help speed up the recovery process of the economic and social sectors in the state concerned.

“The MKN has earlier approved that all products in the grocery shops, convenience stores, supermarkets, mini markets are allowed to be sold to customers throughout the NRP that is being implemented now.

“This is following the confusion among premises’ owners who have closed part of the business premises and not selling to the customers,” Ismail added.However Ismail said, food premises for Phase One and Phase Two are allowed to operate from 6.00am until 10.00pm as announced before.

To avoid confusion Ismail stressed that only food premises in Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) localities including sub-districts in Selangor and several localities in Kuala Lumpur are allowed to operate from 8.00am until8.00pm.

On another development, the government allows the people from EMCO areas to come out to get their vaccinations. The same applies to those who wish to return to their villages to be vaccinated either outside the district or states.

They only have to show the MySejahtera appointment and get permission from the Royal Police Malaysia (RPM).

“Three persons including the driver are allowed if the movement is for the purpose of vaccination,” Ismail reiterated.Ismail also highlighted that MKN has also allowed the Employment Provident Fund (EPF) offices in EMCO localities to operate from 9.00am until 1.00pm with 60 per cent workers’ capacity to manage the government’s assistance scheme.

However for EPF small offices in the rural areas, maximum workers’ capacity is allowed. Meanwhile six factories and 12 business premises were instructed to close downfor not adhering to the government’s directives and the standard operating procedure (SOP).

Ismail said, yesterday the Task Force Compliance Team had carried out 88,875 checks and COVID-19 snap checks nationwide involving 20,065 personnel. Thechecks involved 2,566 factories, 16,270 business premises, 660 building sites and 241workers’ hostels. –Malaysia World News

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