Covid-19: low-key social activities and unauthorized travel contribute to increase in T’ganu cases, says MB

KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): Low-key social events are among the factors behind the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in Terengganu reported on Saturday July 31, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar (Photo).

The Mentri Besar said the increase was also due to Hari Raya Haji’s recent activities which did not comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“This includes interstate and inter-district travel without permission during the celebration,” he said in a video uploaded to his Facebook page.

Terengganu recorded a sharp increase in new daily Covid-19 positive cases on Saturday with 883 new infections, including 860 local transmissions. It was the highest number since the pandemic hit.

Ahmad Samsuri said the spike in numbers was also due to targeted screenings and tests carried out on close contacts in several locations across all districts.

“There has also been an influx of foreign contract workers from outside Terengganu who are unchecked and have sparked clusters among them,” he said.

As such, he added, the authorities will intensify screenings in identified high-risk localities.

“Due to the increase in testing, we expect an increase in cases over the next two weeks,” he said.

Terengganu will also request more vaccine supplies so that vaccinations can be accelerated in critical areas, especially in Kemaman and Dungun, he said, while urging the public to strictly adhere to all SOPs. – Bernama

Joel C. Hicks