9 Nepalese security guards tested COVID-19 positive in Malaysia

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PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health is investigating on the cause of a new cluster of positive COVID-19 among security guards at a mall in Cheras with 10 cases detected recently.

Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham (pic) said, from 10 detected with positive COVID-19, nine cases involved Nepalese while the other is a Malaysian.

“All the Nepalese are staying at the same place. We are monitoring, investigating and taking actions on the workers and their close contacts. All of them had been screened,” he said in his daily press conference here today (May 7).

Dr. Noor Hisham said, the screening process does not only involve the security guards but also the workers at the supermarket in the mall.

He added, 436 people had been screened and 10 were detected with positive COVID-19, 347 negative while 79 were waiting for the results.

Meanwhile on the situation of COVID-19, Dr. Noor Hisham said, there are 39 new cases bringing to the cumulative total of 6,467 while 1,584 are undergoing treatment.

However Dr. Noor Hisham said 74 cases were discharged bringing the record to 4,776 while there was no death case recorded today and the death toll remained at 107.

Responding to the question of whether the health facilities are ready in case there is a sudden rise in the COVID-19 new cases, Dr. Noor Hisham said, the hospitals have 5,000 beds and at the moment only 864 or 16% are being utilised.

“For those with symptoms of COVID-19 and need to be quarantined, there are 3,875 beds and currently 557 are being used while for critical cases 737 beds or only 15% have been used. The hospitals now have 1.091 ventilators and only 38% have been utilised,” he added.

The Director General of Health also stressed that the economic sectors have started its activities under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) but have not entered the exit strategy.

“We are still monitoring other economic sectors which are not permitted to resume operation like the barber shop. There were incidents in the United States of America and Japan where the barbers have been infected with COVID-19.

“The infectivity of COVID-19 is under control and in two weeks time we should know whether the new cases are in two or one digit,” he reiterated.

Regarding dirty public toilets in COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Noor Hisham said, the proprietors should ensure that toilets are clean and sanitized often. The toilet is a confined and closed room and the infectivity level of any disease or virus is very high. – MalaysiaWorld News 

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