Covid-19: Labuan police arrest close contact of tabligh

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By Kumara Sabapatty

KUALA LUMPUR – The police of Labuan confirmed the arrest of a 68-year-old man in Bebuluh, Labuan for ignoring the order to go to the hospital.

The man is believed to be a close contact of a participant of the tabligh convention in Seri Petaling Mosque on 28 February. He was arrested by the police from the Labuan Criminal Investigation Department and the medical team from the Labuan Hospital at 4.00 pm yesterday.

The Labuan District Police Chief, Superintendent Muhamad Farid Ahmad said, the police carried out the arrest under Section 15(2) of the Prevention And Control Of Infectious Disease Act 1988 so that the individual can go for a compulsory Covid-19 screening.

He said, the man needed to be present at the Labuan Hospital for the screening test, followed by quarantine as the subject is the father (primary contact) to one of the tabligh participant of the convention in Sri Petaling.

“The subject was verified as the primary contact based on the investigation conducted by the hospital on his son. They were informed that the father and son stay together under one roof.

“On 17 March 2020, the subject was ordered to go for a voluntary screening for Covid-19 at the Labuan Hospital. However, the subject ignored the order to present himself at the Labuan Hospital,” he said when contacted this morning.

Following that, a team of medical officers from the Labuan Hospital went to his house to bring him to the hospital for Covid-19 screening, followed by a 14-day quarantine. Once again, the subject refused to cooperate.

Thus, the Federal Territory of Labuan Health Department had requested the help of the police to implement the order.

“A team of police from the Labuan Criminal Investigation Department aided the team from the hospital had used minimal force provided by Section 15(2) of the similar Act.

“The subject was successfully surrendered to the medical team for Covid-19 test and being quarantined at the Labuan Hospital Quarantine Centre,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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