Sri Petaling tabligh man caught at Penang roadblock

Health officers at the Bayan Baru health clinic checking on the four people in the Proton Waja who were caught at a roadblock in Bayan Lepas today. (PDRM pic)

GEORGE TOWN: A man who attended last month’s Sri Petaling tabligh event was stopped at a roadblock here today and escorted to a health clinic for Covid-19 testing.

The man, aged 55, was in a car with his wife and two other men. The driver had told police that the group had been “going to the hospital”, said southwest district police chief A Anbalagan.

They had been travelling from Balik Pulau to George Town when they were stopped near Sungai Tiram at 6.30pm.

Anbalagan said he and policemen in two patrol cars escorted their Proton Waja to the Bayan Baru health clinic.

One of the policemen came into contact with the driver as he appeared to be trying to abscond, after presenting his IC to the police, Anbalagan said.

He said the 55-year-old admitted he had been at the Sri Petaling event. “The three others in the car, aged 27 to 56, are members of a local tabligh. They are now under the care of the health officers,” Anbalagan said when contacted.

The Sri Petaling event, attended by about 16,000 people, has been the source of a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases.

A total of 10,553 tabligh members who were at the gathering have already been traced and checked by the health ministry, with 6,627 of them under home quarantine as of March 18.

Sabah recorded the highest number of positive patients from the Sri Petaling Mosque cluster with 91 confirmed cases, followed by the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya at 75.

It is estimated that nearly 4,000 attendees have yet to be traced and checked.

Police call out fake story about runaway patient

Kelantan police have described as fake some reports about a Covid-19 patient who had purportedly fled from Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in Kota Bharu.

State deputy police chief Abdullah Muhammad Piah said the man, from Jerteh, Terengganu, had not undergone any health examination and it was not known whether he was positive for Covid-19.

He had come down with a fever but had not been examined and had left the hospital because of other matters, he said.

Online postings since this morning said the man, aged 41, escaped after a blood test at 4.50pm yesterday and was said to have tested positive for Covid-19.