Thursday, July 29, 2021

42 staff at Kedah hospital down with Covid-19

State health authorities refute earlier claims that 100 staff were infected and that the hospital had been closed.

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Forty-two staff at the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital (HSAH) in Sungai Petani had tested positive for Covid-19 as of today, says Kedah health director Dr Othman Warijo.

The hospital employees comprising doctors and nurses are now undergoing quarantine in their respective homes.

“Earlier, 30 staff were infected with Covid-19 and 12 more were infected (since yesterday and today) and are in quarantine at home as they are Category One and Two infections.

“We have not confirmed if they were infected with the Delta, Beta or the old variant,” he told reporters today.

On Wednesday, the Kedah government in a statement denied that the hospital was closed or under enhanced movement control order following an outbreak among hospital staff.

The statement by state health and local government committee chairman Dr Mohd Hayati Othman was in response to viral messages on social media alleging that HSAH had been closed after 100 staff were infected with Covid-19.

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