A 27-year-old man in Sibu who was placed on a 14-day quarantine in a hotel, escaped by taking off the tracking wristband so he could go to the coffeeshop to eat wan tan mee. He even posts about it on facebook with the caption “Quarantine Day 7”. Photo: Sin Chew Daily

SIBU: Netizens are furious over a viral Facebook posting of a construction worker who revealed that he had cut off his QR-coded wristband issued by authorities for a 14-day day Stay Home Notice.

Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said that the case would be handled by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

He revealed that the man turned himself to the police at Sibu Jaya police station this morning.

It is learnt that the MOH is also currently tracking the close contacts of a female student who also cut off her wristband during her mandatory home quarantine period in Kampung Lot Fasa 1 in Belawai.

The student tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday (May 24) and had been taken to Sibu Hospital for further treatment.

The QR wristband serves to report on the location of a person under surveillance (PUI) and encourages the person receiving the ‘stay at home notice’ to continue complying with the quarantine orders in a hospital or at home.

Apart from that, other more detailed information can be shared using the smartphone through the QR code reading on the wristband. 

The tracking wristband. Photo: FMT