Covid-19: EC confirms three Sabah election officers test positive

Election Commission chairman Abdul Ghani Salleh today said two EC officers are positive for Covid-19. ― Picture by Firdaus Latif
Election Commission chairman Abdul Ghani Salleh today said two EC officers are positive for Covid-19. ― Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2 — Election Commission (EC) chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh today confirmed that three of its officers who were on duty in the Sabah state election have tested positive for Covid-19.

Abdul Ghani, when contacted by Bernama, said the three were receiving treatment at the Sungah Buloh Hospital in Selangor while all the other EC officers involved in the election had been ordered to undergo 14-day home quarantine.

Previously, a local media portal reported that two EC officers had been infected with Covid-19 after returning from the Sabah state election.

Meanwhile, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said at his daily media briefing today that the Health Ministry would make it compulsory for all EC officers on duty in Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu and Kunak to undergo Covid-19 screening.

“There is a possibility we may find that those returning from Sabah, especially those who served in Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu and Kunak, are likely to be infected.

“So, we’re implementing screening and they must stay (quarantined) at home. If tested positive, they will be hospitalised,” he said. — Bernama

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