Covid-19 patient fined RM5,000 for running away from hospital

By S. Harrish

A Covid-19 positive man who fled from the Sarawak General Hospital in March has been fined RM5,000 for the offence.

Kuching Magistrate Zaiton Anuar ordered the accused, Mohd Azrul Azmi Rahduan, 22, to be jailed for six months if he fails to pay the fine.

Mohd Azrul was charged and convicted for fleeing the quarantine ward in the hospital despite being aware that he could spread the Covid-19 virus within the community.

According to a Borneo Post report, he had committed the offence on March 13 after testing positive a day earlier.

He had pretended to go to the toilet and escaped through a small window in the toilet.

His wife later found him at the side of the road near their house in Kampung Gita Laut.

The wife told investigators that he had fled because he missed his son.

It is understood that Mohd Azrul surrendered to the police after being persuaded by his wife.