National Athlete Jackie Wong Tests Positive for Covid-19, Now In Quarantine at Sibu Hospitaljessie tan
These few days, we Malaysians have been quite tensed up over the Covid-19 situation. A majority of the people are now pushing for a lockdown to happen so that the pandemic will be contained on our part. The nation is holding its breath waiting for the announcement at the end of today.
According to Stadium Astro, the Malaysian Athletics Federation president Datuk SM Muthu has confirmed that one of our national athletes has contracted Covid-19.
The athlete is national hammer throw record holder Jackie Wong Siew Cheer. The 27-year-old who holds the national record for hammer throw is now in quarantine at the Sibu hospital.
It is believed that he got the disease from his father who was positive for Covid-19 as well.
The Minister of Youth and Sports then issued a statement that said that they will be temporarily closing and sanitising the facilities of the National Sports Council and National Sports Institute that Jackie has visited.
Other than that, he has also said:
“In collaboration and considering the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) advice and directives, athletes, coaches and staff who have been in close contact with the athlete will be separated and have been advised to self-quarantine in the hostel, undergo screening and follow the MOH’s further advice accordingly.”
The number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia spiked yesterday (15th March) and the total number of cases right now is 428. As a member of the community, please practice good hygiene and take necessary precautions for the sake of safety!