A Rohingya refugee, suspected to be infected with COVID-19, has fled from a quarantine centre in Tanjung Rambutan in Perak.

According to Perak CID chief ACP Anuar Othman, the 27-year-old was found to be missing from his room at the Health Ministry Training Institute, around 11am on Sunday, when health personnel were conducting tests on the residents there.

The refugee, from Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, was stopped at a roadblock on the North-South Expressway near Behrang last week, with two others, and taken into custody for breaching rules under the Movement Control Order (MCO), and also immigration-related matters.

However, he was given a police bail after he complained of shortness of breath and showed COVID-19 symptoms, and then sent to the Slim River Hospital for checks.

Although his initial results came out negative, the man was sent to the Tanjung Rambutan to be quarantined for 14 days.

Anuar said a search party has been launched to track down the runaway refugee.

This is not the first time people have fled COVID-19 quarantine centres in the country.

Earlier last month, seven foreigners escaped from a quarantine centre in Kuala Lumpur, believed after cutting through the fence at the premises. Just a few days earlier, a Bangladeshi man fled from the same place, before being nabbed later.

It was also reported that group of 145 foreign workers at a construction site in Kuala Lumpur went into hiding after COVID-19 swab tests were carried out on them.

The majority, if not all, the suspects, have since been arrested.

It is worth mentioning that the current active COVID-19 clusters in the country are mostly at immigration detention centres in the Klang Valley, which hold immigrants without documents.

The government has said that foreigners at these centres, who test negative for COVID-19, will be deported back to their countries.

COVID-19 has thus far infected 7,819 people in Malaysia, and killed 115.

Globally, the infection and death tally has surpassed 6.26 million, and over 373,000, respectively.


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