Lee (seated fourth from right) speaking to the press.

MIRI: From yesterday onwards, the Petronas Sports Village in Jalan Datuk Tuah Johari here will be used as a Covid-19 quarantine facility for Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) cases.

PUI patients would be transferred to the facility in stages, said Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

The move, he said, was made after one Bruneian tested positive for the virus after attending a religious gathering in Seri Petaling, Selangor from Feb 28 to March 1.

Meanwhile, Miri Hospital has received 15 PUIs believed to have attended the gathering, and all of them (14 male and one female) are from Malaya.

Most of them had gone to Miri Hospital voluntarily to have medical tests done.

“They would be brought to the quarantine centre in stages, five would be brought in later today,” Lee said at a press conference yesterday.

“So far, Miri has no positive Covid-19 case…the quarantine facility is being set up to care for those PUIs because they have no other place to go while waiting for the medical tests,” Lee explained.

He rubbished claims that the infected Bruneian had gone to several places in Miri after landing here from Kuala Lumpur before going back to Brunei.

“The man went back to Brunei the same day after touching down, passing through the Sungai Tujuh checkpoint and he never stopped at shopping malls in Miri,” Lee explained.

He added that authorities had disinfected Miri Airport as a precautionary measure.