KUALA LUMPUR: Parliamentarians who visited Covid-19 cluster areas or come into contact with those suspected with the virus, were told to get themselves tested again.
"This is important, as I am aware that several MPs have returned home to their respective constituencies," Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun said before the start of Dewan Rakyat proceedings on Monday (Aug 10).
He said that MPs, who were tested prior to the start of Dewan Rakyat on July 13, must undergo the test again in line with the Health Ministry's directive.
He said this was necessary if they had visited areas which are now under a targeted enhanced movement control order (MCO) and administrative MCO.
"As we are aware, a new cluster had emerged up north of the peninsula, which is said to be from a super-spreader strain," he said.
Azhar noted the second test was a precautionary measure to stop the spread of the virus.
He also said MPs, who had come into contact with person under investigations (PUI) or persons under surveillance (PUS) or show symptoms of infections, must get retested.
On Friday (Aug 6), Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there is a possibility that the Sivagangga cluster in Kedah originated from a super-spreader strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind a surge in Covid-19 infections.
Earlier, Azahar reminded MPs that they must wear their face masks at all times while in the august Hall, unless taking part in debates.
He noted that plexiglass barriers had been erected to separate all seats to allow MPs to sit at their respective places.
Prior to the erection of the plexiglass barriers, several MPs were seated in the public gallery and seats reserved for officers.
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