KUCHING: The Sarawak health department today denied that the Covid-19 has spread to the state after rumours about it went viral on social media recently.
Its director Dr Chin Zin Hing said the allegation was not true, adding that so far, there had been no positive cases reported in the state.
“The department will ask the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to investigate the rumour,” he said when contacted by FMT.
Earlier today, a Twitter user had claimed that he had heard rumours about the virus spreading to Sarawak.
He also claimed that two people had been tested positive and three others were still under observation after returning from Singapore.
However, Chin said as of noon today, there were 76 cases under investigation for Covid-19 and 59 of them had been confirmed negative. Another 17 more were pending laboratory results.
He urged the people not to spread false news about the matter on social media.
“The public are advised to refer to statements from the prime minister, deputy prime minister, health minister and the director-general of health for the latest development on the virus outbreak in Malaysia, and particularly in Sarawak,” he said in a statement today.
Spreading false news is an offence under Section 505 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the MCMC Act.
Those who are convicted could face a maximum fine of RM50,000 or serve a prison sentence of not more than a year or both.
Individuals could also face an additional RM1,000 fine if they continue to spread fake news after being convicted.