532 individuals traced for second COVID-19 test in M’sia

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Five hundred and thirty-two individuals who went through home quarantine (Home Surveillance Order) but failed to go for the second COVID-19 screening has been traced,” said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

Those detected were found in Selangor with 303 individuals, Kuala Lumpur (156), Johor (62), Sabah (three), two each in Pahang and Kedah, and one each in Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Kelantan and Sarawak.

He said police received the list of 577 individuals categorised as dropouts after failing to take the second COVID-19 test from Centre of Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) of the Health Ministry on Friday.

“As such, the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) launched an exercise to trace the absentees nationwide.

“Of the total, 532 were detected which is 92 per cent while 45 individuals are still being traced,” he told Bernama at Bukit Aman.

Abdul Hamid said the 532 individuals had since taken their second COVID-19 test at nearby health clinics as 392 of them were traced by phone while 140 were contacted through their home address. “Police are advising those individuals who have yet to go for their second screening to do so at the nearest health clinic immediately,” he said.

Abdul Hamid said those who continue to defy the order would face stern actions under Act 342 and other regulations in effect.

On July 1, Bernama reported Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as saying 1,472 individuals undergoing home quarantine had yet to go for their COVID-19 test on the 13th day.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador at a press conference at Police Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: AP