7 April 2020
The production team for drama series titled Demi, which had just returned from the United Kingdom, went for testing and screening process for Covid-19 at a private hospital yesterday.
According to a news report yesterday, the group consisting of 18 people including the drama director, cast and crew arrived home last Tuesday, after shooting for the 26-episode production in Inverness, Scotland.
The group departed from Malaysia on March 9, before the coronavirus outbreak was becoming a serious situation here and before the Movement Control Order was announced by the government.
Director Rahila Ali said that once they returned, everyone followed the guidelines which required them to go into a 14-day quarantine.
“Upon our arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), we were reminded about it.
“While those who live alone were allowed to return to their homes, those who live with their families were provided a place by the producer for the quarantine,” said Rahila who has not met her family members since her return.
Seeing that the outbreak was not yet serious in the UK when the team was there, they didn’t expect that it’d worsen to the current situation.
“Had the producer and I known that it’be this grave, we would have cancelled the trip,” she said.
While the cast and crew were only originally scheduled to return after next week, she decided to stop filming half way when the pandemic was turning worse globally.
As the production had not finished filming, she said that they might have to return to Scotland when it was safe to travel and resume work.
Among the cast lineup in the drama are Ashraf Muslim, Puteri Aishah, Ben Amir, Hasnul Rahmat and Puteri Rayyana Rayqa.