Ex-minister cleared of Covid-19 virus infection

KUALA LUMPUR: A former minister said to have been exposed to a coronavirus patient has confirmed that he has tested negative to the Covid-19 infection.

The ex-minister, who is a member of PPBM, said he is under quarantine at home in compliance with the health ministry procedures.

“Screened alright, tested negative, but self-quarantined at home,” he said in a brief text reply to Bernama. “I’m well, Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God),” the MP said.

The former minister and a former deputy minister had been in contact with a coronavirus patient and also reported to have been in direct contact with other people, including media practitioners, raising concerns that all may have to undergo health screening.

Test conducted on former deputy minister

A former deputy minister who was also in quarantine said he had undergone a health inspection at Sungai Buloh Hospital. “The result will be known tomorrow,” he said by chat message.

The two former cabinet members are said to have attended an appreciation event for them at a hotel in the federal capital last Thursday that was also attended by a director of UDA Holdings Berhad who has since tested positive as infected with the virus.

UDA said today that the man was in quarantine at a government hospital

Wong Chen says he’s ending his self-quarantine

Subang Jaya MP Wong Chen of PKR said this evening he had been told that a former deputy minister had also been cleared.

Wong said he was ending his own self-imposed quarantine at home. In a statement posted online, he said “Kak Wan (former deputy prime minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail) just called to inform me that the ex-deputy minister has been cleared of the Covid-19. Congrats to him for dodging the bullet and a big sigh of relief for many of our MPs.”

He added: “The prospect of a 14-day quarantine was simply unthinkable. I would have been bored out of my mind.”