According to Berita Harian, authorities can now open investigations against parents for exposing children under the age of 18 to Covid-19 by taking them to red-zone areas, especially crowded ones.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said an investigation paper could be open under violating SOPs set by the National Security Council (MKN). He said until now, positive cases involving children were 82,341 cases with the highest category being those aged 13 to 17 years old, which is at 27,402 cases.
“Under Act 342 there is no regulation that a compound can be issued against a parent who brings a child to a congested place or area of COVID-19 transmission.
“But with the SOP issued by the MKN that has been gazetted, the defaulting parents can now be opened for investigation,” he said at a weekly press conference, today (31 May).
Dr Adham also noted that the total Covid-19 positive cases from infants to four years old were 19,851 with five to six years at 8,237 and seven to 12 years at 26,851.
Fortunately, he said those under 18-years-old who were infected usually fall into phases one, two and three.
“Currently, Covid-19 positive cases involving children at phases four and five who require a child to be treated in the ICU or a breathing aid, have not been detected,” he said.