PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health is studying in detail on the application to reopen child care centres as it involves many children placed in a confined space.
Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the ministry has received several applications requesting to reopen child care centres as many people have gone out to work following the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) which started on May 4.
Dr. Noor Hisham said, the ministry is worried and concerned about the children’s health as foot, hand and mouth infection is rampant at child care centres these days.
“The ministry has not given any decision as we have to come up with the best possible way to avoid the children from COVID-19 infection.
“If the children are placed together then it will create a crowd/gathering that is not permitted in the CMCO,” he said in his daily press conference here today (May 8)
Dr. Noor Hisham added, if the child care centre could provide a one to one special place for a child is the best alternative. We are considering on innovative approach where a child’s health is guaranteed at the child care centre.
In another development, Dr. Noor Hisham said, a new cluster had been formed in a factory in Pedas, Negeri Sembilan where 60 workers were detected with positive COVID-19
From the 60 cases, he said, 53 involved foreign workers including 25 from Nepal, 18 from Bangladesh, eight Indonesians and two from Myanmar.
“On May 8, 786 workers including their family members and close contacts had been screened and from that 60 were detected with positive COVID-19, 289 negative and 440 were waiting for the results,” he said.
The Pedas case will be the fifth COVID-19 cluster that involved many foreign workers. Four other clusters are from the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market, construction site in Ampang, Cheras Mall and the Selangor Mansion, Malayan Mansion near Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur.
On the COVID-19 situation, Dr. Noor Hisham said, there are 68 new cases bringing the accumulative total to 6,535. From the new cases 57 are foreigners while four are imported with three from the United Kingdom and one from the United States of America.
Meanwhile 88 were discharged bringing the accumulative total to 4,864 or 74.43% and 1,564 were undergoing treatment in the hospital.
Dr. Noor Hisham added, there are 17 admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with seven need respiratory aids. There is no death case today marking the death toll remaining at 107 or 1.64%. – Malaysia World News