28 Top Glove factories will be closed in stages due to surge in COVID-19 cases amongst workers

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KUALA LUMPUR NOV.23: Twenty eight Top Glove factories will be closed in stages to enable 13,000 workers to be screened test and to undergo the quarantine processes.

Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the implementation of the closure will be facilitated by the Safety Working Committee of Selangor State with the cooperation of the Top Glove management.

Ismail said, until 23rd Nov. the Ministry of Health (MOH) had carried out 5,794 screen tests and 1,889 had been detected with positive COVID-19.

“In a special meeting today, MOH had informed that there was a drastic surge in COVID-19 cases amongst the Top Glove factory workers.

“The government had earlier announced the implementation of the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) at the male and female workers’ hostels of the glove manufacturing factory, Top Glove in Klang Selangor effective 17th Nov.2020,” he said in his daily press conference held here today.

Meanwhile Ismail said, EMCO had also been imposed in Seremban Prison and Prison Quarters Seremban, Negeri Sembilan for 14 days effective 24th Nov. until 7th Dec.2020.

According to Ismail, 246 targeted screen tests had been carried out of which 25 positive COVID-19 cases had been recorded. The EMCO will affect the whole prison area including the prison block, administration, officers and staffs quarters involving 2,080 occupants.

The government had also announced the Conditional MCO (CMCO) in the district of Kuching, Sarawak to be extended from 22nd Nov. until 27th Nov.2020 due to 58 active cases involving several clusters still exist.

However Ismail said, the extension of the CMCO could be lifted earlier if MOH finds there are no additional positive COVID-19 cases and the situation is under control.

“The EMCO in Kg.Sabah Baru, Lahad Datu will also be extended effective 24th Nov. until 7th Dec. 2020 due to 200 positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the locality,” Ismail said.

The extension, Ismail said will enable the screen tests to be carried out by MOH to curb the transmission of COVID-19 in the locality.

On the other hand, EMCO in Putra Point Nilai, Negeri Sembilan is extended from 24th Nov. until 30th Nov. 2020 until all the sample results of the second screen tests are obtained.

Elaborating on this Ismail said, 436 screen tests had been carried out and 314 positive COVID-19 cases had been recorded in that locality.

However, Ismail said MOH had carried out the second screen test on 23rd Nov. and have to wait until all the sample results of the tests are obtained.

On another development, the EMCO in Medan 88, Salak Tinggi, Sepang Selangor will be lifted on 25th Nov.2020 while EMCO in Plaza Hentian Kajang will also be lifted on 24th Nov.2020.

Meanwhile the EMCO in Taman Mesra, Sandakan will be lifted on 24th Nov.2020 following the advice and the risk valuation of MOH. However, the people in the locality are still subjected to the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the CMCO that is being enforced in the whole of Sabah. – Malaysia World News

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