KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — Dr Mahathir Mohamad is quarantining himself at home in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, after meeting with a lawmaker who contracted the novel coronavirus.
A spokesman for the 95-year-old former prime minister said Dr Mahathir had taken a photograph with Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii, who tested positive for Covid-19 after getting into close contact with infected Sarikei MP Andrew Wong Ling Biu.
“Yes, self-quarantined. He’s at home,” the spokesman told CodeBlue.
TV3’s Buletin Utama aired earlier today an interview with Dr Mahathir, who urged Malaysians to practice self-control during a 14-day quarantine.
“Don’t ‘balik ke kampung’, stay where we are, don’t go out, isolate yourself from other people,” Dr Mahathir said, referring to the national partial lockdown enforced from yesterday until the end of the month.
Dr Yii told CodeBlue that he took a photo at a meeting with Dr Mahathir in Putrajaya on March 12, found out on March 14 about Wong’s coronavirus infection (whom he had contact with on March 2), got tested the following day, and received the positive results on March 16.
“His doctors have been informed the moment I tested,” said Dr Yii, referring to Dr Mahathir.
The DAP lawmaker is currently under quarantine at Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching, without needing treatment.