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Red code does not mean positive for virus, says minister

Fadley Faisal

The red code on the BruHealth app does not mean the person is infected with COVID-19, said Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the press conference yesterday.

Members of the media sought for clarification on issues relating to work while having a red code on the BruHealth app.

The minister said there’s a confusion among the public when they refer to red-coded government staffs who are asked to report for work. “These red code holders are just close contacts and not positive for the virus,” said the minister, adding that these staffers are required to do an antigen rapid test daily.

The minister said the red code should not be confused with the purple code which indicates an individual is infected with COVID-19, and those with information on protocol violation may report to the police or by calling 148.

He said either employee or their employer may be held liable for breaking the COVID-19 protocol.

Meanwhile, during the press conference, a member of the media raised an issue of individuals not having their red code changed to green even after serving their quarantine order well past the required five days.

The public has made complaints over the delay.

In response, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham sought patience from the public regarding the matter and have made assurances that the system will be “back to normal” soon.

The minister said they have been upgrading the BruHealth app.

“It needs to be improved from time to time,” he said, adding that it has caused delays in some of its operations, such as colour code changes, in the past few days.


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