Health DG: 147 fled quarantine centres

PETALING JAYA: A total of 147 people have run away from quarantine centres here, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Most of them were from the construction sector, he said.

“All of these people tested negative but they are still required to be quarantined for 14 days, ” he said during his daily briefing yesterday.

He also said that such incidents does not mean there were shortcomings in the standard operating procedures involving quarantine centres.

“This is not a problem with SOP. If we look at the first wave, we had Chinese nationals who also ran away from a quarantine centre.

“But what is certain is that these people were not positive. They were quarantined because they were exposed to a positive case, ” he said.

In January, the parents of a toddler, who was then quarantined at a Johor hospital, took off and tried to get back to China.

The family of three was however detained at the Senai airport.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said police are tracing the whereabouts of nine foreign men who had run away from a quarantine centre at the Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Bahasa Antarabangsa.

“All of them are construction workers who were quarantined at the centre, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

He said they had all gone through screenings for Covid-19 but tested negative.

They were supposed to be under quarantine until today.

Their disappearance was detected on Monday morning when doctors made their rounds.

Sources said the escapees were previously living with those who were suspected positive with the virus at Selangor Mansion, Menara City One and Kampung Baru.

Comm Mazlan said police had also stepped up security at the quarantine centre and have increased the number of personnel on duty there.

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

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

Police are also tracing the whereabouts of 134 workers who ran away from a construction site.

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