MoH confirms PM and 34 others under 14-day self-quarantine

PUTRAJAYA (May 23): The Ministry of Health (MoH) has confirmed that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is among 35 people asked to self-quarantine at home for 14 days after an officer, who attended the post-Cabinet meeting chaired by the premier on Wednesday, tested positive for Covid-19.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said swab tests were conducted on all 35 of them and the results were negative.

“Having said that, we need to quarantine them as part of our standard operating procedure (SOP).

“We (MoH) have advised them. Hopefully, all the 35 members will self-quarantine at home and, on the 13th day, we will repeat the swab tests again. If negative, they can return to work,” he said at his daily press conference on Covid-19 here today. 

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said that Muhyiddin had tested negative for Covid-19 but would be in self-quarantine at home for two weeks beginning yesterday.

Noor Hisham said the officer, who was tested positive, had been admitted to hospital for isolation and treatment. 

The MoH, he said, would conduct active case tracing and focus mainly on the officer’s family members a well as those who attended the meeting.

“But, more importantly, what we have done over the last couple of months in terms of SOPs for our meetings is to have spacing of at least 1m, just like the press conference in the MoH. Social distancing has been practised. 

“Secondly, officers [who] attended the meeting had to wash their hands before coming into the meeting room and, thirdly, [they were] to avoid confined spaces,” he said. 

Commenting on the pregnant woman in Kelantan who was tested positive after travelling interstate from Ampang, Selangor recently, Noor Hisham said 26 out of the 30 close contacts who underwent screening in Kelantan were found to be negative.

“The remaining four close contacts in Selangor have been identified, with one testing negative while the other three are still awaiting their results,” he said.

Commenting further, he said that although their Covid-19 screening results came back negative, they would still be quarantined for 14 days.

The MoH confirmed on Wednesday that the 35-week pregnant woman was found to be Covid-19 positive after undergoing a routine check-up at a women and children’s health clinic in Kuala Krai, Kelantan.

She had returned to her hometown in Kelantan to deliver her second child.

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