Tabligh contact causes closure of Tawau plantation

Two workers at a Sabah Softwoods plantation in Tawau have tested positive for Covid-19. (Sabah Softwood pic)

KOTA KINABALU: A timber plantation in Tawau was closed recently after seven people, comprising two workers and their family members, tested positive for the Covid-19 viral disease.

Hattah Jafar, the chief executive of Sabah Softwood, told the media that the two workers had been found to have attended the tabligh convention at Sri Petaling mosque in Kuala Lumpur.

Authorities have said convention members comprised 62% of the Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, which has claimed 14 lives.

Eleven new cases were recorded in the state today, bringing the total to 169. Tawau contains the highest number of patients (48), followed by Lahad Datu (34) and Kota Kinabalu (24).

Hattah said one of the plantation workers was confirmed to be positive with the virus and the other negative but had to be put in quarantine for 14 days at Tawau hospital.

Health authorities screened their families and found six more to be positive, including the wife and children of the victim.

Four others had to undergo quarantine because they came in direct contact with the victim.

The plantation, in Bukit Batu near Kalabakan, was closed on March 19.

Entry to the plantation was restricted, and affected the 367 workers and their families.

In Ranau, two police inspectors and three policemen were ordered to undergo home quarantine after they had direct contact with an infected person at the police station.

Sabah police commissioner Zaini Jass said the five underwent screening two days ago.