A woman has apologised for bringing distress to people around her and businesses she visited in Ipoh, Perak, after her COVID-19 result came back positive
According to Sin Chew Daily, the woman's social media accounts stated that she is a China national and a freelance model who resides and works in Malaysia.
It is learnt that the woman returned to Ipoh from another place on 9 April. While she was in the city, she went to screen for COVID-19, but she did not immediately undergo self-quarantine.
Following that, she visited a few places in Ipoh before receiving news that her result has come back positive.
Instead of remaining mum about her situation, the model decided to publically share all the places she visited, while offering her apologies to members of the public and businesses that have been affected by her mistake.
Her action has since received criticism from netizens. But the model said that she expected the backlash the moment she decided to become transparent about her situation.
In an Instagram Story, she stressed that she is aware of the gravity of her negligence and that she is not giving excuses for her wrongdoing.
"First of all, I really want to say I am sorry to everyone here because of my own negligence and poor consideration," she wrote in Chinese.
"I caused a lot of panic and unnecessary trouble to everyone. Here, I will not make any excuses for my wrongdoing nor will I find any reason to justify myself. I am deeply aware of the seriousness of my mistakes, and I am ashamed of them. I am here to make self-criticism and reflection (on my mistakes)."
The model — who is believed to be 20 years old — said she went to Kuala Lumpur for self-quarantine once she was notified that she had tested positive for the virus.
"Once again, I apologise to you all. I hope everyone will be safe and sound with your family," she said.
In another Instagram Story, she listed out all the places she visited on 9 April and 10 April — which is a Friday and Saturday
Here is the list of places she visited and the time she visited:
On Friday, 9 April
8.40pm -10pm: Xiao Xiang Zi @ SOHO Ipoh
10pm - 11pm: The Alley @ SOHO Ipoh
On Saturday, 10 April
11am - 12pm: Big Tree Foot @ Pasir Pinji
12pm - 1pm: BP Healthcare @ Ipoh
1pm - 2pm: Ba Wang Cha Ji @ Ipoh Parade
6pm - 7pm: MOI & KO Hair Studio @ SOHO Business Centre Ipoh
8pm - 9.30pm: Warehouse - A Food & Brew Company @ Taman Jubilee
10pm - 11.40pm: Viking Village Bar of Music @ Kampung Jawa
The model said she was told to undergo a COVID-19 screening between 11am and 12pm on Saturday.
Sin Chew Daily reported that on the day she first arrived in Ipoh, she was not aware that she came into close contact with a COVID-19 patient.
The model said that she had faced similar encounters in the past, whereby she was called to undergo COVID-19 screening because she came into close contact with a patient from one of the places she visited. But she said her results for the virus always came back negative.
In the latest encounter, when she was told to undergo COVID-19 screening again, she thought it would be another false alarm. On top of that, she added that she did not have any symptoms of the virus.
"I am not trying to forcefully (assert myself that I am not guilty), I am just laying out the current situation with everyone," she explained.
"I dared to announce I got COVID-19 and I already expected what kind of attack I would face next."
SAYS sighted many of the businesses mentioned have closed for sanitisation. Some businesses even posted videos of sanitisation crews performing deep cleaning at their outlets.
Viking Village Bar of Music, for example, has taken to Facebook to share their employees' negative COVID-19 test results, suggesting that none of them had contracted COVID-19.
Meanwhile, a Facebook post highlighting the issue and the places that the model visited has gone viral with over 2,500 shares.
Netizen Miyuki Foong said that the purpose of sharing the post is not to cast blame on the model, but rather asking members of the public who had visited these places during the said period to undergo self-quarantine.
However, the post still garnered many comments that criticised the model's action.
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