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NTE: This story has been updated at 4.55pm.
By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, July 14: Police officers stationed at Satok Police Station are undergoing tests for Covid-19 after an outbreak was detected there, resulting in the public being banned from entering the premises until sanitation work is completed.
The mass infection has been confirmed by Sarawak Commissioner of Police Datuk Aidi Ismail who pointed out that the source of the infection was from suspects who were carriers of the virus.
This has led to police officers stationed there being placed under quarantine.
“Yes, it is true. There are suspects who are Covid-19 positive. Many policemen in the police station have already been quarantined.
“The public may go to the Central Police Station if they have any urgent business with the police,” said Aidi when contacted with regards to a viralled message on the mass infection at Satok Police Station.
On exactly how many policemen have tested positive for the virus so far, Aidi was uncertain at this stage except that almost half of the police personnel at the station have been swabbed and are awaiting test results.
He said sanitation will be performed at the police station and the public are not allowed to enter until the sanitation process has been completed.
A WhatsApp message in Bahasa Malaysia that made its round in various social media groups today read: “Information from ASP Wilson Philip, Officer-in-charge of Satok Police Station had (sic) asked all not to go to Satok Police Station because many policemen have been tested positive for Covid-19”.
Aidi confirmed that the message was true.
At 4.50pm, Aidi updated DayakDaily that as of the this time, eight policemen were found to be positive for Covid-19 while 19 have been ordered to go for self-quarantine until July 22, 2021 by the Health Ministry.
“There will be reinforcement of police personnel from Kuching Police District Headquarters to Satok Police Station but the affected police station will still operate with minimum capacity,” said Aidi.— DayakDaily