KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — Kuala Lumpur has broken its streak of zero new local Covid-19 cases for the past fortnight, after a coronavirus infection was reported at the Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR) headquarters here.
The government department said a JKR Malaysia staff member tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday and has been warded at Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor.
“Proactive actions have been taken by disinfecting the office space and surrounding areas,” JKR said in a statement today, referring to its headquarters at Jalan Sultan Salahuddin in the capital city.
“For your information, close contacts among JKR Malaysia staff have and will undergo health screenings, besides undergoing home quarantine.”
JKR’s press statement was titled “JKR Malaysia Confirms Latest Covid-19 Case At JKR Malaysia’s Headquarters, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, Kuala Lumpur”.
According to JKR’s chronology of the infected staff’s movements, the person showed up in office from September 7 to 9. The person also attended a Dewan Negara sitting in Parliament on September 10 at 10am and a meeting at the Works Ministry located at the Kerja Raya Complex in Jalan Sultan Salahuddin.
The person further flew to Kuching, Sarawak, on September 14 at 11am for a meeting at JKR Sarawak. The JKR employee did a random coronavirus swab test upon arrival at the Kuching International Airport and stayed at Hilton Hotel for two nights.
On the person’s way back home to Kuala Lumpur on September 16, the staff was informed by a hospital in Kuching that their test result was positive. Both flights to and fro Kuala Lumpur and Kuching were on AirAsia. The person was escorted by Sungai Buloh Hospital staff upon arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
According to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) moving 14-day chart of local Covid-19 infections nationwide, Kuala Lumpur/ Putrajaya, Sarawak, and Selangor (except for Hulu Langat) were green status, having recorded zero new local cases in the past 14 days as of September 16.
At the time of writing, ahead of official statistics released by MOH for cases reported as of noon today, MySejahtera app’s hotspot tracker shows no reported Covid-19 case in a 1km radius for the entry “Jabatan Kerja Raya Malaysia, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin”.