03 May, 2021 12:45 am

Opposition reps urge Perak to be more cautious after Covid-19 found in tour programme

Opposition reps urge Perak to be more cautious after Covid-19 found in tour programme
IPOH, May 3 — Pasir Pinji assemblyman Howard Lee today urged the federal and Perak governments to make Covid-19 testing mandatory for tour operators before any journey within the travel bubble. Lee said that the government should be responsible and make this a policy to safeguard the public from...

“Recently, a driver who was involved in a tour programme, involving tourism industry players from Kedah, Perlis and Penang, was tested positive for Covid-19 in Kampar, Perak.Earlier today, the Tourism Perak Management Berhad said in a statement that tour operators from Penang, Kedah, Perlis and Perak; state officials; and several journalists have been ordered to undergo swab tests and quarantine after a man who attended the Wow Cuti programme held here from April 27 to 29 tested positive for Covid-19.“Despite following all the standard operating procedures (SOP) including body temperature scanning and MySejahtera scanning at all visited locations, the bus driver who was involved in the programme had tested positive for Covid-19.“For example in Ipoh, several reporters and photographers were quarantined after a bus driver who brought guests to a Tourism Perak event tested positive for Covid-19 on April 29.

“In the tour programme’s standard operating procedure (SOP), there is no requirement which makes the driver and tour guide to perform compulsory Covid-19 swab test,” he told a press conference at the Gopeng Parliament service centre here.Lee questioned why the driver was not tested even before attending the tour programme in Perak.

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