80 Health Ministry staff infected with Covid-19

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By Chew Lip Song

EIGHTY Health Ministry personnel have been infected with Covid-19 but it is not due to them handling patients who have contracted the disease.

A statement from the Ministry’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) said frontline health personnel handling Covid-19 cases had been constantly reminded to abide to preventive protocols such as social distancing, regularly washing their hands and wearing personal protective equipment.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said yesterday that some Ministry officials had contracted the disease from a wedding reception, which was also attended by those from the Seri Petaling mosque tabligh cluster.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said a 63-year-old- man from Kedah had died from the disease early this morning. This brings the fatal cases to 21. The victim had also attended the tabligh event.

“He developed symptoms and underwent screening on March 22. Tests showed he was positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar on March 23.

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