Educational, social and sports sectors will re-open if COVID-19 shows low digits

hisham noor

PUTRAJAYA MAY 30: The Ministry of Health suggests that all immigration detainees and prisoners will have to be tested negative COVID-19 before sending them to the respective centres to avoid the fatal corona virus from spreading amongst the inmates.

Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, in the case of the three immigration detention depots namely Bukit Jalil, Semenyih and KLIA, the illegal immigrant detainees have already been placed in the confined place where COVID-19 has also been contained.

 “We are still investigating the cause of COVID-19 infections in the three depots which have contributed to the huge number of new cases recently.

“The possibility of the source of COVID-19 infections comes from the staff, the cleaners and the food suppliers as these people come in and out of the centres. Hopefully we will find the source of the infections soon,” said Dr. Noor Hisham in his daily press conference held here today.

Meanwhile, on the current situation of COVID-19, he said, today 30 new cases have been recorded and from that 10 involves the Malaysians, 17 foreigners while three are imported from overseas.

“The COVID-19 new cases could be in a lower double or single digit before June 9 when the Conditional Control Movement Order (CCMO) ends. If the new cases are consistently low then more social, sports and educational sectors will be opened.

“The educational sectors should be opened for the Form 5 and Upper Six students as they will be sitting for their examinations at the end of the year,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, the surge in positive COVID-19 new cases amongst the foreign workers have become the responsibilities of the employers where the compliance to the standard operating procedure (SOP) is very important in curbing the pandemic.

“The Ministry of Health is now working with other ministries to improve the accommodations and social distancing among foreign workers.

“We have not planned an exit strategy but strengthening the border control and monitoring local transmissions including the senior citizens at the care centres with 0.29% infection rate and 22% from local transmissions since May 4.

“The corona virus is still in the country and we have to survive with it for the next two to three years until a new vaccine is discovered to cure COVID-19, said Dr. Noor Hisham.

Dr. Noor Hisham also commented on the 26 illegal immigrants with positive COVID-19 that have been sent to the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

He said the 26 patients have been brought back to the hospital in MAEPS; following one Bangladeshi detainee managed to escape but was detained again by the police.

Dr. Noor Hisham also reported that there was no death case today bringing the death toll to remain at 115 since several days ago while 95 patients were discharged bringing the accumulative total to 6,330 and 30 new cases marking the total to 7,762. –Malaysia World News

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