JKR confirms officer with Covid-19 was at Senate meeting

A file picture of a Senate meeting. A JKR officer who later tested positive for Covid-19 was present in the building on Sept 10, JKR said. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Public Works Department (JKR) has confirmed that one of its officers, who later tested positive for Covid-19, was in Parliament House on Sept 10, during a meeting of the Senate.

JKR said the officer had attended the winding-up debate on the royal address.

Traditionally, a minister or deputy minister winds-up the debate in Parliament.

It is not known how many senators had come into contact with the officer. He was present at the building five days before he was confirmed to have been infected with Covid-19.

The officer was admitted to Sungai Buloh hospital on Sept 16. Covid-19 is reported to have an incubation period of 14 days.

JKR said the officer works at the department’s headquarters in Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, Kuala Lumpur.

He had gone to Kuching by AirAsia to attend a meeting and had stayed at the Hilton hotel. On Sept 16 he had undergone a random swab test at Kuching airport. He returned to the peninsula and was taken to Sungai Buloh hospital for treatment, JKR said.

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