Fourth Malaysian Cabinet member tests positive for COVID-19 in five days

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – Malaysia’s Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday.

A statement issued by his office said Zahidi underwent screening for COVID-19 upon returning to Kuala Lumpur from Penang on Monday. The test came back positive yesterday.

Zahidi was taken to Hospital Sungai Buloh for further treatment in accordance with guidelines set by the Health Ministry.

“Zahidi is now in stable condition and apologises for any inconvenience caused,” the statement said. “He also prays that Allah the Almighty will make it easier for all those involved.”

The statement added that Zahidi had taken another COVID-19 test on December 25, 2020 which had come back negative.

The news of Zahidi’s infection comes after three Malaysian Cabinet ministers tested positive for COVID-19 in four days: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Mustapa Mohamed last Saturday; Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun last Sunday; and Home Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainudin on Tuesday.

Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah on Tuesday declared a state of emergency across the country to curb the spread of COVID-19.