Interstate travel by 30 individuals from Covid-19 red zones to Terengganu during the recent Aidilfitri celebration caused the spread of infection to 90 others in the state.
Terengganu health director Dr Nor Azimi Yunus said the violation of SOPs on interstate and inter-district travel was uncovered as those infected involved many family members, and also because of the surge in cases in the affected localities, which are in three districts in the state.
“In Kuala Terengganu, 40 people tested positive for Covid-19 due to interstate travel by 13 individuals, while in Hulu Terengganu, nine individuals who crossed into the state caused 26 people to be infected with the virus.
“In Kemaman, eight individuals who embarked on interstate and inter-district travel caused 24 people to test positive for Covid-19.
“Had these people complied with the SOPs, the infection would not be extensive and would also not involve the grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins,” she said in a post on her Facebook page.
Nor Azimi also confirmed that the Gong Badak branch of the Jakel Trading Sdn Bhd outlet in Kuala Nerus has been ordered to close for 14 days until June 6 after 17 of its staff tested positive for Covid-19.