COVID 19: Foreign workers in Malaysia have to undergo swab tests

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PUTRAJAYA MAY 5: Foreign workers in all sectors are required to undergo swab tests against COVID-19 and the costs will be borne by the employers.

Security Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said, the government has decided to impose such directive following majority of the new cases of COVID-19 in these few days were detected among the foreign workers.

“The swab tests will begin with the foreign workers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

“If COVID-19 is detected in any of the premises, it will be closed immediately and that is in the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the Health Ministry,” said Ismail in a press conference here today.

Malaysia had recorded 105 new cases of COVID 19 on May 2, with 38 non-citizens while on May 3, out of 122 new cases, 28 were migrant workers.

On May 2, 27 new COVID-19 cases were detected at a construction site in Jalan, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, which has been closed down.

In another development, Ismail said, the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) imposed on Tahfiz An-Nabawiyyah and a house in Batu 23, Kampung Sungai Lui, Hulu Langat had been lifted yesterday.

Ismail added, simultaneously yesterday EMCO had also been lifted in Menara City One, Malayan Mansion, Selangor Mansion and the areas around Jalan Masjid India.

Meanwhile, the EMCO imposed on Pusat Bandar Utara, Kuala Lumpur Parcel A and B that involve Jalan 6/3A and 9/3A, and Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market will end today (May 5).

Ismail said the Conditional MCO (CMCO) or MCO phase 5 has started today where most of the economic sectors and industries have resumed its operations.

“To resume business is on the discretion of the entrepreneurs as it is not compulsory and will be determined by the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the Federal Government.

“There is confusion on the implementation of the CMCO among the states,” Ismail said.

He added, some parties wanted to follow the MCO phase 4 but it has been cancelled and replaced with the new procedures under MCO 5.

“All states and districts will have to follow as it is under 342 Act, Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and has been gazetted,” Ismail reiterated.

However he said, under MCO 5, interstate travel is not permitted. –Malaysia World News

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