Congestion in the depots cause the spike of COVID-19 new cases amongst foreign detainees

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PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health is taking a multi-agency and ministry approach to address the spike of positive COVID-19 new cases amongst the illegal immigrants in the detention depots.

Director-General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham said, the approach should be holistic involving many aspects including the accommodation, cleanliness, and personal hygiene of the detainees to avoid infections.

“Following the drastic rise in the positive COVID-19 new cases amongst the detainees in the depots, the National Security Council (NSC) has formed a special committee to look into this issue,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in his daily press conference held here today.

Dr. Noor Hisham stressed that the illegal immigrants were detained at the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) areas and they had been screened before they were sent to the immigration detention depots.

“During the incubation period the detainees were negative from COVID-19 but when they were at the depot they were detected as positive when exposed to other inmates.

“One positive COVID-19 person could amplify infections when placed in a small confined and congested space in the depot.

“The ministry’s main concern is how to improve the living conditions of foreign workers in the country,” he said.

Dr. Noor Hisham reported that as of June 4, 41,590 samplings had been taken from non-Malaysian citizens and from that 2,379 were detected with positive COVID-019, 1,080 were isolated and undergoing treatment while there was no case admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and four deaths (0.2%) had been recorded.

He said, the illegal immigrants from the Bukit Jalil depot today had contributed 270 new cases while two were imported and only four involving Malaysians, and that brought a total of 277 new cases.

“However one of the victims recorded today had been exposed to the positive COVID-19 case at the building construction site in Pudu,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.

The new cases Dr. Noor Hisham said were detected amongst the detainees after conducting a repeated sampling of COVID-19 on them.

He said the new cases have brought the accumulative total to 8,247 while 28 have been discharged making the total to 6,559 or 79.5% with no death case and remains at 115 (1.39%). –Malaysia World News


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