Muar hospital is not under quarantine, says Johor health director


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Health Department has denied that the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar has been put under quarantine over the Covid-19 outbreak.

Its director Dr Aman Rabu dismissed the information as untrue after it was circulated widely on social media, in particular through WhatsApp.

“No, ” he replied via a text message to The Star on Tuesday (March 24) in response to enquiries about the viral news.

A voice recording went viral on WhatsApp, in which a man claimed that two doctors and a staff nurse had tested positive for Covid-19.

The man also said that if someone had no important business at the hospital, then the person should not go there at all.

The recording went viral after a 71-year-old man from Melaka died of Covid-19 in the hospital. He is the 15th Malaysian to succumb to the disease in the country.

Earlier, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the man came into contact with another Covid-19-positive person who had attended the tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling Mosque in Kuala Lumpur.

The man, who had a medical history of diabetes and high blood pressure, was treated at the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital.

He was admitted to the hospital in Muar on March 18 and died in the wee hours on Tuesday (March 24).

As of March 24,1, 624 cases have been recorded in the country.

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