Kedah Diners Told To Take COVID-19 Test After Restaurant Operator Broke Home Quarantine

The operator tested positive for COVID-19 after coming back from India.

Cover image via Sinar Harian & Penang Kini/Facebook

Photos of a big group of Malaysians queuing outside a government clinic to undergo COVID-19 screening are going viral on Facebook

They are believed to be diners of a nasi kandar restaurant in Kedah, whose operator recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Media reports did not specify the name of the restaurant, but it is mentioned that it is located at Pekan Napoh in Jitra, Kedah.

According to New Straits Times, the authorities are urging all diners who visited the restaurant between 13 July and 24 July to go to the nearest government clinic to get tested.

Currently, six non-citizens who were at the restaurant have tested positive for the virus.

People queuing outside a government clinic in Napoh in Jitra, Kedah.

Image via Penang Kini/Facebook

The operator came back from India on 13 July

Everyone coming into Malaysia had to undergo a 14-day mandatory home quarantine prior to 24 July.

However, the 57-year-old operator flouted the rule and was spotted at the restaurant with a pink hospital tag on his hand.

Image via Sinar Harian

Although he tested negative when he first landed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), a subsequent check by the Ministry of Health (MOH) found that he tested positive, reported Berita Harian.

The police detained the man and fined him RM1,000

As of now, five of his close contacts have tested positive - all of which are from the Sivaganga cluster.

It is learned that four of them are foreign workers, while the other one is the operator's child. They are currently receiving treatment at a hospital. 

Image via Harian Metro

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