No truth in rumours of 60 infections

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KUCHING: There is no truth in the rumours spread through social media suggesting that 60 staff members from a local supermarket in Miri were found to be Covid-19 positive.

Minister-in-charge of the Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC), Datuk Lee Kim Shin in on Friday said there were only eight staff members found to be Covid-19 positive at eMart Riam.

“These are close acquaintances and family members who have close contact with the Jalan Lilin Cluster.

“The Miri Divisional Health Office together with the management of eMart Riam have conducted swab tests on more than 130 staff as in the case at Permaisuri Mall before,” Lee said, according to report by the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas).

He said eMart Riam on Thursday issued a statement that the management had conducted cleaning of the premises in compliance with the requirements of standard operating procedures (SOP).

“Those identified as close contacts will be sent to a quarantine centre,” he said, adding an enforcement team was mobilised to monitor the situation at the supermarket.

In this regard, Lee, who is also state Transport Minister, urged the public not to fall for fake news or unverified information.

“It is an offence to spread rumours or disseminate fake news, an act that can be severely punished,” he said.

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