Orang Asli Couple Who Fled Hospital To Dodge COVID-19 Test Found

An Orang Asli couple who fled from the Sultan Ismail Petra Hospital (HSIP) in Kota Bharu on Thursday (February 4th) to avoid COVID-19 testing was found yesterday (February 7th).

According to the New Straits Times, Kelantan police chief Datuk Shafien Mamat said a team from the Laloh police station located the couple at a hut in Sungai Sam. 

orang asli couple who fled hospital to dodge covid-19 test foundPhoto via New Straits Times

“The police team received a report from Orang Asli staff on the presence of the couple in the Laloh area at about 5:30 pm.

“After arriving at the location, the police team then found the couple at the hut. They have given their cooperation to the police and health officers,” he added.

The couple, identified as Denan Tunggal and his wife, Elina Aling, was scheduled to undergo a COVID-19 screening test after their 25-day-old baby girl tested positive for the virus, however, they fled the hospital at about 9:30 pm on Thursday.

Police received a report on the incident on Friday morning from the hospital staff and formed a special task force to track down the couple. 

The couple were later brought back to the hospital to undergo screening tests for the COVID-19 infection. 

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat