MOH confirms attendee at PM’s dept meeting tested positive for COVID-19


The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed that an individual who had attended a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Department last Saturday has tested positive for COVID-19.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the asymptomatic individual has been admitted into hospital for isolation, observation and treatment, according to existing protocols.

“Active detection among close contacts of the individual, including symptomatic screening and swab test for COVID-19 detection are being carried out,” he said in a statement here today.

Dr Noor Hisham said the close contacts who had been identified were given letters for Home Surveillance Order (HSO) for 14 days from the date of last contact.

He said everyone present at the meeting underwent a health screening today and samples have been taken to detect for COVID-19 infection.

“Those identified as close contacts during the meeting have been given HSO for 14 days from Oct 3 and issued with the surveillance wristband.

“Others present at the meeting but are not close contacts are required to undergo self-health monitoring at home every day for 14 days, by using the home assessment tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera application,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said they were also advised to seek treatment at a nearby health facility immediately if they experienced symptoms during the monitoring period, adding that there was no cause for the public to worry and to refrain from making speculations.

He said the MOH would inform the public on the status of COVID-19 infection in Malaysia from time to time through MOH’s official media statement, apart from disseminating information via MOH website