Deputy Minister Ahmad Masrizal tests positive for Covid-19 after Sabah trip

KUALA LUMPUR: Environment and Water Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Ahmad Masrizal Mohamad has been admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.

Ahmad Masrizal, who recently returned from Sabah, said his first Covid-19 test conducted upon arrival at the airport was negative.

"I decided to undergo another screening last Wednesday before returning to the office on Monday.

"I tested positive after the second test, despite not showing any symptoms.

"I was admitted to the Sungai Buloh hospital on Thursday and Alhamdulillah, I'm feeling well without experiencing fever and coughing," he said when contacted by Berita Harian.

The Deputy Minister said he had undergone self-quarantine after a trip to Sabah for the state election.

Ahmad Masrizal said he was involved with ceramah (political talks) during campaigning by a senior Umno leader, who was quarantined after also testing positive for Covid-19.

"He tested positive upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur. I took the PCR test (for Covid-19) immediately afterwards, and the result turned out negative," he said.

It is learned that Ahmad Masrizal's staff, who participated in his programmes, have also been ordered to undergo self-quarantine and checks at the hospital.

Masrizal said he also took steps to isolate himself in a room at home during the quarantine period, as advised by the Health Ministry.

A total of 287 Covid-19 cases were reported nationwide yesterday, the highest since the Movement Control Order was enforced in March.

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