NUJ expresses concern after journalist tests positive for Covid-19 following Sabah trip

  • Nation
  • Monday, 05 Oct 2020

PETALING JAYA: The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is concerned that a member of the media has tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from work in Sabah.

Its president Farah Marshita Abdul Patah reminded all media personnel to be careful while providing news coverage and to adhere to all the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the government.

"Any media personnel who just returned from any high-risk areas or show any Covid-19 symptoms are required to go for the necessary health screening at hospitals and follow the mandatory quarantine order," she said in a statement on Monday (Oct 4).

Farah Marshita added that following the latest developments and statistics, the NUJ reminds all media personnel to wear their face masks, use hand sanitisers and take care of their hygiene.

"Remember, each of us are all frontliners, and we all have an important responsibility to provide information to the public and protect the country. NUJ will always be with all media personnel in fighting the Covid-19 #kitajagakita," she said.

Earlier, Media Prima Berhad confirmed that a staff member from The News Straits Times Press (M) Bhd tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from Sabah.

The health authorities had notified Media Prima, affirming that the individual was being treated at a government hospital.

"The affected personnel returned from editorial duties in Sabah on Sept 30 and had undertaken the mandatory Covid-19 test administered by the Health Ministry. "The affected personnel had been under self-quarantine at home since returning before being reported as a positive case," it said in a statement.

Media Prima affirmed that it was working closely with the health authorities and had undertaken the necessary measures and precautions to minimise potential exposure to other employees.

"The affected personnel had been undergoing self-quarantine and had not visited any Media Prima premises since returning from Sabah.

"Media Prima will provide the necessary support to the affected personnel. We pray for a speedy recovery," said the statement.

Stressing that the safety of all employees was its top priority, Media Prima said those who have returned from Sabah had taken the mandatory Covid-19 test, and were currently undergoing the 14-day self-quarantine at home.

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