Covid-19: Sorry, no Raya visitors, says former patient


  • Nation
  • Monday, 25 May 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Despite the government’s permission for home visits during the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri on Sunday (May 24), a former Covid-19 patient decided to keep visitors at bay, throughout Syawal for safety reasons.

Reza Huzairi Zainuddin, 41, said although he has recovered, he is taking precautionary measures to safeguard himself, his family as well as relatives wishing to visit him during the festive period.

"I am not entertaining visitors...as a former patient, the fear is still there. I am terrified of crowds and crowded places, so no one is welcome here, including my elder brother who lives nearby,” said the UDA Holdings senior vice-president in a Skype interview with Bernama TV on Monday (May 25).

Sharing his experience of celebrating Hari Raya in the new normal, Reza Huzairi said "virtual visits" have been his choice to strengthen bonds with his family and friends.

Early Sunday, he made a video call to his mother to wish her Selamat Hari Raya and apologised for any wrongdoings, besides leading his wife and three sons in Hari Raya prayers.

Meanwhile, Reza Huzairi opined that the public compliance of the standard operating procedures while visiting relatives on Sunday, was unsatisfactory. He feared the emergence of a "Raya cluster".

"This is probably because they have never been infected and think that this will only happen to others. However, my advice is, to be wary at all times as we are not free from the pandemic yet. Adopt the new normal of practising social distance, wearing face mask and maintaining good personal hygiene,” he said.

Reza Huzairi was the 46th Covid-19 case in Malaysia and was treated at the Sungai Buloh Hospital for 11 days before he was discharged on March 14.

Following the enforcement of the conditional movement control order (MCO) since May 4, the government had allowed visits during the first day of Hari Raya, limited to only family members and not exceeding 20 people in one day, depending on the size of the house. - Bernama

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