IPOH: A total of 13 people have tested positive for Covid-19 at an old folk's home here.
Anning Old Folks' Home chairman Marcus How Kok Peng said a check by the Perak Health Department found that seven senior citizens and six employees were confirmed to be infected on Thursday (Jan 14).
How said it was a shock as everyone at the home had tested negative in December.
"Those infected have been picked up by the Health Department to be sent for quarantine.
"There are 36 seniors and about 20 staff here. Those tested negative have been advised to stay at the home, with the building put under lockdown until Jan 20," he said on Sunday (Jan 17).
"The state Health Department had also arranged for the premises to be sanitised and Covid-19 tests are being carried out at our children's home now," he added.
How said the home had been very careful since the movement control order was implemented in March last year.
"We have closed our gates to the public since then. We only go out when the need arises, including getting medications or taking our residents to seek treatment," he said.
How also hoped the people would donate to them as their funds were getting low.
"We rely on public donations. Our monthly expenditure comes up to about RM40,000. Having closed off our gates to the public, people are unable to donate to us," he said.
"We would very much welcome any donations in cash and kind," he added.
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