Malaysian minister Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri tests positive for Covid-19, was at Cabinet meeting with PM Muhyiddin

 Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri confirmed the news on his Facebook page on Oct 5, 2020.
Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri confirmed the news on his Facebook page on Oct 5, 2020.PHOTO: BHM

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, REUTERS) - Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri has tested positive for Covid-19.

The minister confirmed this on his Facebook page on Monday (Oct 5).

“To all Malaysians, I am currently under treatment after being tested positive for Covid-19 by the Health Ministry.

“Alhamadulillah, to this moment, my health is good.

“I am urging all people who had attended events between Sept 24 and Oct 4, at which I was present, to please immediately undergo Covid-19 screening at the nearest health clinic.

“I pray that Allah will heal and save Malaysians from Covid-19, Insyaallah,” Dr Zulkifli wrote.

On Oct 3, Dr Zulkifli attended a Covid-19 ministerial special meeting at the Prime Minister’s Department, which was attended by members of the Cabinet, including Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Dr Zulkifli was also in Sabah during the state election campaigning period for ministerial programmes.

Mr Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday said he will self quarantine for 14 days.

“However, this will not interrupt government business. I will continue to work from home and use video conferencing to conduct meetings as necessary,” he said in a statement.

Those identified as close contacts at Oct 3’s National Security Council meeting to discuss Covid-19 had been issued a 14-day home surveillance order starting Oct 3.

Malaysia on Monday confirmed 432 new Covid-19 infections - 429 local transmissions and three imported cases - the highest daily increase since the pandemic hit the country.