COVID-19  new cases are mostly contributed by the foreign workers, says Noor Hisham

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PUTRAJAYA MAY 29: The Ministry of Health suggests that foreign workers should be taught the correct ways to manage their personal hygiene besides adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP) in their daily lives throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Director General, Datuk Noor Hisham Abdullah said, as the COVID-19  new cases are mostly contributed by the foreign workers, then one of the ways to break the transmission chain is by educating them on the SOP.

“An investigation on the cause of COVID-19 among foreign workers revealed that many people lived in a confined space and did not comply with the SOP.

“The foreign workers should be taught how to wash their hands with water and sanitizer, how to wear masks correctly and adhere to social distancing of one meter from one another.

“The y should also avoid confined space and crowded areas so as not to be infected by the deadly corona virus,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in the daily press conference held here today.

The foreign workers made up the biggest number detected with positive COVID-19 after the government set a ruling that they should go for swab test before resuming their work under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) effective May 5.

Relating to the big numbers affecting foreign workers, Dr. Noor Hisham said, from 103 new cases recorded today, 96 were local transmissions and from that 84 involved foreign workers while seven were imported from overseas.

“A new cluster was formed where 24 Bangladeshis from a cleaning company in Kuala Langat were detected with COVID-19

“The swab test done by a private clinic on 150 workers from Bangladesh found that 24 were detected with positive COVID-19 while 126 were negative,” said Dr.Noor Hisham

However Dr. Noor Hisham appreciated the company’s initiative to have done swab tests on its workers and as a result a new cluster has surfaced among them.

According to Dr. Noor Hisham, to avoid foreign workers to live in a congested house but in a more conducive place the Amended Act on Minimum Standard of Housing and Workers’ Facilities (Amended) 2019 (446Act) is very suitable.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, the employers are also responsible to educate their workers to reduce the risk from COVID-19 infections.

“It is very important for the companies to cooperate with the Ministry of Health in curbing COVID-19 infections from spreading out to the community,” Dr. Noor Hisham reiterated.

Meanwhile on the daily report of COVID-19 cases, Dr. Noor Hisham said, 66 patients were discharged marking the accumulative total to 6,235 or 80.64%, while 103 new cases were recorded bringing the total to 7,732. However there is no death case bringing the death toll to remain at 115. –Malaysia W

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