Kedah MB negative for Covid-19 after exposure


ALOR SETAR: Kedah Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor tested negative for Covid-19 after he attended an event where an attendee was later found to have been infected by the virus.

State health director Dr Mohd Fikri Ujang said Sanusi had undergone the test before he left for the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority meeting in Pulau Pangkor, Perak, on Tuesday.

The day before, Sanusi had attended an event in Alor Setar, where a state Information Department photographer who was present later tested positive for the disease. However, Sanusi was not listed as a close contact of the photographer, said Dr Fikri.

“The risk evaluation process will only be done if there are positive cases and only those who are listed as close contacts will be tested.

“Close contact means those who are near a Covid-19-positive person, being less than 1m away for more than 15 minutes,” said Dr Fikri.

He advised those who were at the event to contact the Kota Setar health department for evaluation.

Meanwhile, in Petaling Jaya, the Public Works Department (JKR) confirmed that one of its employees was hospitalised after testing positive for Covid-19 on Sept 16.

All the close contacts of the patient among its staff had undergone the necessary health screening and were carrying out self-quarantine at home, it said in a statement.

JKR also released the employee’s movement history, including being at its headquarters on Sept 7 to 9 and in Parliament on Sept 10.

On Sept 14, the employee flew to Kuching for a meeting and stayed in Hilton Kuching.

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