Zulkifli positive for Covid-19

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri has been tested positive for Covid-19. And all who were in close contact with him, including Cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, have undergone health screening.

The Religious Affairs Minister, who is currently warded in isolation, had attended a few events in recent days, including a special Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office on Oct 3.

“I ask that all who attended any of the events that I attended between Sept 24 to Oct 4 to go for Covid-19 screening at any government clinics as soon as possible.

“I pray for all Malaysians to be saved from Covid-19, ” he said.

“All programmes planned to assist the undergraduates (stranded at campuses) will continue as planned, ” Zulkifli wrote on his Facebook page yesterday.

“I am currently in good health and getting better.”

Earlier, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Zulkifli did not show any symptoms of having caught the virus the past week.

“Now, he has been warded for isolation, observation and treatment. Contact-tracing is being conducted, ” he added.

“All those who attended the meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office have undergone screening and samples have been taken.

“Those who have been identified as immediate contacts during the Oct 3 meeting have been ordered to be under Home Surveillance Order (HSO) and given the bracelet for observation.

“The others at the meeting, who were not immediate contacts have been asked to conduct self-health monitoring at home for the next 14 days and use the home assessment tools in the MySejahtera app.

“They have been asked to get immediate treatment at medical facilities should they come down with any symptoms during the observation period, ” added Dr Noor Hisham.

The Oct 3 meeting was to discuss the Covid-19 spike in recent days. It was chaired by Muhyiddin and attended by Cabinet ministers who were not already under quarantine, National Security Council members and staff from top government agencies.

Zulkifli, who returned from Sabah after the Sept 24 state elections, had not quarantined himself as expected. He attended an event by Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah in Kelantan immediately after his return.

All who attended that event have also been asked to go for immediate screening.

On Sept 29, the Prime Minister was with Zulkifli at a regional syariah laws conference at a hotel in Sepang.

A group photograph showed Zulkifli sitting next to the Prime Minister, along with the rest of the participants.

A participant said everyone wore a mask but for that one shot, the photographer suggested that they remove their masks. “And the Prime Minister obliged.”

Zulkifli is now one among a growing number of politicians who returned from the Sabah elections and tested positive for Covid-19.

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