GEORGE TOWN, Jan. 14 -- The Penang government has approved a RM20 million financial assistance package to help those affected by the second round of the movement control order (MCO) that started yesterday and is supposed to end on January 26.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the RM20 million allocation for targeted groups is on top of last year's RM151 million aid to businesses, organisations and individuals affected by the pandemic.

He appealed to all businesses and the community to comply with the SOPs to flatten the curve in the state.

"We should be aware that according to the Penang Health Department statistics, up to 13 January 2021, out of an accumulative figure of 5,479 cases, 3,246 (59 per cent) are local citizens while 2,233 ...