KOTA KINABALU: A 29-year-old Filipino woman detained at the Semporna district police headquarters lockup tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday (Aug 21).
The Filipino was among nine arrested during an operation on Aug 16 by the General Operations Force (GOF) when the boat they were in was intercepted trying to illegally enter Malaysia between Pulau Bohey Dulang and Pulau Pom Pom.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said that the suspect has been isolated from other detainees when he confirmed the case on Saturday (Aug 22).
He added that cleaning and disinfection had been carried out at the district police headquarters, particularly areas where the woman was held to prevent the risk of spreading the virus.
“Policemen on duty at the lockup, the investigation officer, the GOF team and other detainees who were in the same boat with the woman and those identified to have come into close contact have been ordered to undergo Covid-19 screening and a 14-day quarantine, ” Hazani said.
The woman and the other nine detainees were sent for Covid-19 testing at the district health clinic on Monday, and the test results confirmed that she was infected.
It has also been learned that 100 other individuals have been directed to undergo Covid-19 testing, and that Health Ministry officials are continuing to trace and identify other possible close contacts with the woman.
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