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Rina Harun Is Covid-19 Positive, Two Ministers Also Under Quarantine Now

Rina Harun Is Covid-19 Positive, Two Ministers Also Under Quarantine Now

She is the second cabinet minister who’s tested positive for the virus.

Tasneem Nazari

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Women, Family & Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun has tested positive for Covid-19.

According to her office, Rina received the result of the test on Sunday night (10 January) after undergoing screening at the Putrajaya Klinik Kesihatan earlier the same day. She has been admitted into Hospital Sungai Buloh at 11 am today (11 January).

The minister apologises if this incident has caused any inconvenience and anxiety to ask and pray to God that all matters are facilitated for all involved.

Rina Harun’s statement via Facebook

Two ministers are positive, and two are in quarantine

Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun (left) and Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (right) have both tested positive in the last two days. (Credit: Malay Mail)

She is now the second Malaysian minister who has tested positive this January after Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday (9 January).

At least two ministers are also now under self-quarantine after being identified as Tok Pa’s close contacts. The Star reported that the two ministers had sat next to Tok Pa during a meeting in Putrajaya on 6 January.

They are Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof and Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

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Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof and Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah identified as close contacts

Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof (left) and Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (right) are now under self-quarantine. (Credit: Malay Mail)

Throughout the Cabinet meeting, there was no physical contact. We were not only physically distanced but there was also a screen between us. Also, we were all wearing masks. However, as an identified close contact, I will undergo a swab test as well as remain in isolation as directed.

Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department

Saifuddin has said that he is not experiencing any symptoms, and is currently monitoring himself under a Home Surveillance Order (HSO). He also said that he will be taking two swab tests and remain under HSO until he obtains clearance from the Health Ministry.

According to the report, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was seated seven chairs away from Tok Pa during the meeting, at a distance of about 7 metres.

Meanwhile, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia leaders who attended a party meeting with Tok Pa on the same day have also been ordered to take a swab test.

Tracking the minister from Facebook updates

Tok Pa had an audience with the Agong on 8 January. (Credit: Mustapa Mohamed/Facebook)

Before testing positive on 9 January, Tok Pa had been screened for Covid-19 on 1 January and tested negative.

As such, only his close contacts between 1 and 9 January are identified as possible close contacts.

Based on Tok Pa’s updates on his Facebook profile, he met with several country leaders between 1 and 9 January.

3 January: He held a press conference with Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob at Kg Laut, Wakaf Baru, Kelantan.

4 January: He had an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur.

5 January: He attended the Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya.

6 January: He met with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba in Putrajaya.

The Vibes reported that Palace officials have since confirmed that the Agong has been screened for Covid-19 after receiving news of Tok Pa’s results, and tested negative.

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