Federation women’s chief denies Covid-19 rumours, pleads for family’s privacy

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KUCHING, April 12: The Federation of Kuching and Samarahan Divisions Chinese Associations’s Women Section is pleading with the public to stop spreading fake information that association members have contracted or died due to Covid-19.

Its president Georgina Chong in a statement revealed none of the association’s members have been confirmed as Covid-19 positive and they have strictly stayed at home since the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 18.

“None of our members have died due to Covid-19. We have not had any gathering together, and none of our members have contracted the virus,” she asserted.

Meanwhile, Georgina, who is still mourning the loss of her younger sister, Chong Wei Sian, who passed away this morning at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), also appealed to the public to not spread unverified rumours, and to respect the family’s privacy.

According to Georgina, her sister had been staying at home since the MCO started, and it is believed that she was infected before the MCO came into force.

She also revealed that her elder sister, Chong Wei Ing, was also confirmed positive for Covid-19, and was currently being treated at the hospital.

Georgina explained that Wei Sian started to feel ill recently and was admitted to the hospital on April 8, while her elder sister Wei Ing, was admitted on April 7.

“We are not sure where and how she got infected. So too for my elder sister Wei Ing, as they both had not gone out from home since MCO began. Investigations are still underway on how they got it.

“I am very sad over my sister’s passing, at the same time worried of my other sister who still in the hospital. We have a really close bond. I have been active in doing charity work since the virus crisis begin, I never expected that my own family in the end would fall victim to Covid-19.

“So my advice to everyone is to stay at home, be safe. And if there is a need to go out, please take safety measures like wearing face masks, and use hand sanitisers,” she emphasised. — DayakDaily.