Saravanan in self-quarantine after aide tests positive


PETALING JAYA: Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan has been ordered to undergo self-quarantine at home after being in close contact with an individual who had tested positive for Covid-19.

His political secretary Datuk Khamarulazlan Mohammad Hanafiah was confirmed positive on Saturday.

A circular sighted by The Star noted that Saravanan was identified as a close contact as he was involved in a special National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Wednesday, also attended by Khamarulazlan.

“As such, he is urged to undergo self-quarantine beginning Jan 16 to 22 to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Your cooperation is also needed to ensure that all guidelines set are followed during the entire quarantine period, ” read the circular.

Earlier, mStar – The Star’s Malay language portal – reported that cosmetics entrepreneur Datin Rita Sosilawati was saddened after finding out that her husband, Khamarulazlan had tested positive for Covid-19.

The portal reported that he received the positive test results at 7.26pm on Saturday.

“At that time, I had just finished grocery shopping when my husband informed me that he had tested positive for Covid-19, ” she told mStar.

“I was sad when I heard the news and I quickly made preparations to place my husband in another room downstairs to isolate him, especially from the children.

“About two to three days ago, my husband had had a fever for a few days, then it got better.

“But after that, the fever returned. When he developed a sore throat, I told him to take the Covid-19 test.

“My husband’s job requires him to meet people. So I urged him to take the test as a precaution, ” said Rita, whose real name is Erni Dekritawati Yuliana Buhari.

She said that four of her children were already keeping their distance from their father when he began to feel unwell.

“For the past two or three days, I’ve isolated my kids from my husband as a precautionary measure.

“I did not tell my children about the true condition of my husband. I did not want them to be afraid as they know what Covid-19 is.

“I only explained to them that Daddy was unwell and needed to rest in a separate bedroom.

“I told my youngest child, who is very close to my husband, that Daddy was working out of state and staying in a hotel when in fact, he is actually in the house, ” she said, adding that, for now, the children speak with their father via video calls.

As close contacts of Khamarul-azlan, Rita said she and her children were now self-quarantining at home and would undergo the Covid-19 test soon.

“Right now, we are in good health. Pray for our family. I hope my husband has a speedy recovery.

“To everyone out there, take care of yourself and may the Covid-19 chain of infection be stopped, ” she said.

The couple has been married for nine years.

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