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Nasi Kandar Restaurant Owner Confirmed Covid-19 Positive: Patrons Urged To Get Tested, 76 Kindergartens Shut Down

Nasi Kandar Restaurant Owner Confirmed Covid-19 Positive: Patrons Urged To Get Tested, 76 Kindergartens Shut Down

He breached his home quarantine and got 5 other people infected.

Anne Dorall

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A nasi kandar restaurant operator who breached his home quarantine to visit his shop has tested positive for Covid-19, and customers who dined in have been asked to get tested immediately.

What you need to know: The operator of Nasi Kandar Salleh in Pekan Napoh near Jitra has tested positive for Covid-19 after undergoing his second screening. Five other restaurant employees also tested positive, including his son. All customers who have dined in at the restaurant between July 13 and 24 are asked to undergo a Covid-19 screening test at any health clinic immediately.

How it got here: The 57-year-old restaurateur had just returned from India on July 13. He was supposed to undergo a mandatory 14-day home-quarantine, but police were alerted that he had breached quarantine on July 23, and the man was detained at the restaurant, still wearing his pink quarantine bracelet. He was also fined RM1,000 for breaking his quarantine.

Why it matters: This new cluster, now called the Sivagangga cluster, has caused 73 kindergartens and 3 nurseries in the area to close temporarily. A total of 1,667 students were impacted as the schools closed to undergo cleaning and disinfection work. It is believed that some from the schools have close contact, including next of kin, with a student who visited Nasi Kandar Salleh. Additionally, one of the kindergartens is located just 500 meters from the restaurant.

Who said what: Kubang Pasu District Police Chief Superintendent Mohd Ismail Ibrahim noted that the nasi kandar shop was ordered to close as soon as the restaurant owner was arrested on July 23. Notice of the closure issued by the Ministry of Health was also pasted at the shop and surrounding premises.

Read more:
Nasi kandar restaurant operator issued compound for breaching home quarantine [Bernama]
73 tabika, tiga taska Kemas di Kubang Pasu ditutup susulan kluster Sivagangga [Astro Awani]
This Is Where All Of Malaysia’s New Covid-19 Clusters Are (July 2020) [TRP]


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