Cops looking for nine foreigners who escaped Covid-19 quarantine centre

KUALA LUMPUR: Nine foreign men had run away from a quarantine centre in the city, and police are tracing their whereabouts, says Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim (pic).

The Kuala Lumpur police chief said that six Indonesians and three Bangladeshis had left the quarantine centre located at the Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus (IPG) Bahasa Antarabangsa when they were supposed to be under quarantine.

"We received three police reports over the disappearances of the foreigners.

"All of them are construction workers who were quarantined at the centre," he said in a statement on Wednesday (May 6).

All nine men had gone through screenings for Covid-19 but tested negative, he added.

"However, they needed to be quarantined to ensure they are really not infected with the virus," he said, adding that police are investigating further.

Comm Mazlan said KL police has also stepped up security at the quarantine centre and increase the number of personnel on duty.

"The fence that was damaged by the foreigners before they escaped have also been reinforced with barbed wire," he said.

He also advised members of the public not to panic and continue to follow the standard operating procedures set by the Health Ministry.

Comm Mazlan also urged those with information to contact the KL police hotline at 03-21159999, or any nearest police station.

Meanwhile, Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed said they have received a report on the escaped foreigners.

"The case occurred in Brickfields and we are taking measures to trace their wherabouts," he said.

It was reported a group of foreign men had escaped while undergoing quarantine for Covid-19 here.

Their disappearances were noticed at about 10am on Monday (May 4), after doctors in charged made their rounds and examinations on all patients who were under quarantine at an education institution in the city.

Sources said those who ran away from the quarantine centre were detected to be living with those who were suspected positive with the virus at Selangor Mansion, Menara City One and Kampung Baru.

It is learnt that the foreign men had ran away shortly before sahur (meal before fasting).

When they were not accounted for, doctors in charge informed police and Rela personnel, but efforts to detect them failed.

It is believed that they had damaged the fence at the quarantine centre before escaping.

Prior to that, a Bangladeshi man had also ran away from the same quarantine centre on May 2.

Those who ran away were supposed to be under quarantine until Thursday (May 7).

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