New clusters of COVID-19 formed at work places in Klang Valley – Dr. Noor Hisham

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A foreign worker who is Covid-19 positive caught working instead of staying in the quarantine.

PUTRAJAYA NOV.17: The new COVID-19 cases in Malaysia had recorded 1,210 adding to the cumulative total to 49,730 while 19 were imported cases and 1,018 had been discharged bringing the grand total to 36,624 (73.6%).

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, 12,788 active cases had been isolated and treated in the hospitals nationwide while five deaths were recorded bringing the death toll to 318 (0.6%) involving four citizens and one foreigner aged between 25-80 years.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, the imported cases were from Nepal 4 cases, Qatar (3), India (3), Philippines (2), Nigeria (1), United States of America (1), Turkey (1), Russia (1), Tunisia (1), Romania (1) and Myanmar (1).

“The Klang Valley is still contributing the highest new COVID-19 cases with 518 (42.8%) from the daily cases, 435 from the existing clusters, 206 in Kuala Lumpur from the Damanlela construction site involving non citizens.

“Selangor had recorded 142 cases (52.4%) with Teratai cluster contributing 131 cases (92.3%) also affecting non-citizens and both clusters were formed at the work places,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in his statrement here today.

Dr. Noor. Hisham added, out of 162 active clusters of COVID-19, 72 were related to the work places including four new clusters recorded today.

The surge of COVID-19 cases in the three states located in the Klang Valley recently said Dr. Noor Hisham was originated from the work places as these states were the centres of work forces besides the dense population had also contributed to the high risk of infectivity rate in the transmission of the corona virus.

“The Ministry of Health (MOH) has emphasized that among the factors contributing to the transmission of COVID-19 includes the living places, self cleanliness, environment around the living and working places.

“In view of the transmission of COVID-19 amongst the foreign workers is an important issue, MOH urges the employers to play a bigger role to address the problem,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, the action amongst others that could be taken by the employers include educating the workers about self cleanliness, cleanliness of the surrounding at the work and living places and also the precautionary measures.

“To provide a conducive living place for the workers to ensure a safe physical distance could be practised and to monitor and ensure that the precautionary measures are taken to avoid the infectivity of COVID-19 at the work and living places,” Dr. Noor Hisham reiterated.

Meanwhile from the daily cases today, 105 had been admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) with 40 patients needed respiratory aids.

Dr. Noor Hisham also reported that five new clusters had been formed and it included the Avenue cluster in Penampang district Sabah involving 106 cases, Kejora in Kota Kinabalu district, Sabah with 9 cases.

The other cases in the Peninsular included Kasah in Kepong district, Kuala Lumpur with 19 cases, Summer in Penang with three cases, and Mengketil in Kota Bharu, Machang and Tanah Merah in Kelantan and Besut district in Terengganu with 12 cases.

The states with COVID-19 cases today are Sabah with 499 cases, Selangor (259), Kuala Lumpur (238) , Negeri Sembilan (67), Perak (47), Penang (33), Kelantan (19), Johor (14), Kedah (8), Melaka (2), Putrajaya (1), Sarawak (1) and Terengganu (1). –Malaysia World News


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