Elderly man refuses Covid-19 screening, cops called in to compel him


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  • Friday, 20 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: Police were called in to bring in an uncooperative man for Covid-19 screening in Labuan.

Several videos have been circulating showing the man being subdued and handed over to personnel wearing medical overalls outside a flat there.

Labuan OCPD Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad said the incident occurred at around 4pm on Thursday (March 19).

"Personnel from Labuan CID, as well as a medical team from the Labuan Hospital, had to use force under Section 15(2) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases 1988 to do the screening on the 68-year-old man at the LDA Low Cost Flats, Taman Mutiara Sungai Bedaun, Bebuluh, Labuan.

"The subject was needed to come forward to the Labuan Hospital for the screening and quarantine session as he was the father and first contact to one of the tabligh participants who attended the gathering at Sri Petaling recently.

"The subject was confirmed as the first contact following investigations carried out by the hospital," he said.

He added that the participant told the hospital that the subject was staying in the same flat.

"On Tuesday (March 17), the subject was ordered to come to the hospital voluntarily for the screening but he ignored the order.

"Following this, the medical team came to his home address to take him for the screening as well as the 14-day quarantine, but he refused to cooperate.

"The medical team then called us for assistance, and two police personnel and an officer went to the scene," he said, adding that they used minimal force and handed him over to the medical team for screening and quarantine at the quarantine session.

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