KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 4): The Ministry of Health (MoH) has not issued instructions to families who had recently vacationed in Kubang Pasu, Kedah to be tested for Covid-19 at the nearest healthcare clinic.
In a statement, health Director-General (DG) Datuk Noor Hisham Abdullah said viral news on social media saying that parents and students who had recently vacationed in the northern part of Kedah were instructed to get tested for the virus at their nearest healthcare facility are fake news.
Dr Noor Hisham said individuals who require Covid-19 testing are those who had close contact with a positive Covid-19 case.
Furthermore, residents in areas where enhanced movement control order (EMCO) is imposed, such as within a one km radius from Restoran Nasi Kandar Salleh Pekan Napoh (Hosba, Kubang Pasu), Kampung Pida Satu, Megat Dewa (Ah, Kubang Pasu), Kampung Bendang Dalam (Binjal, Kubang Pasu), and Kampung Ulu, Padang Sanai (Padang Terap), are required to be tested.
Individuals who had close contact with restaurants involved in the PUI Sivagannga cluster, such as customers or those who ordered takeaway, those that had dealings with this index cluster case or restaurant workers from July 13, 2020 to July 27, 2020, as well those who have fever or breathing difficulties should also be tested, he said.
The health DG explained that individuals who fulfilled the conditions he listed are to contact their local district health office to undergo testing.
“The MoH will continue work with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and National Health Department (NHD) and National Education Department (NED) in addressing this issue to ensure that instructions are issued in a clear and efficient manner,” he added.
Noor Hisham implored people to not share fake news or unverifiable information while encouraging them to visit the government’s sebenarnya.my website to check the veracity of the news they receive.