Illegal immigrants are advised to come forward for COVID-19 screening tests


PUTRAJAYA NOV.12: The Ministry of Health (MOH) advised the illegal immigrants from Salak Tinggi, Sepang who escaped from the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) imposed on that area today to come forward to have free screening tests for COVID-19.

Health Director General, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the foreign workers will not be charged if they are screened test by the MOH staffs but they will be charged at least RM300 if they go to the private clinics.

“The immigrant workers with documents will not run away but the illegal workers will escape for fear to be detained and placed in the immigration detention centres.

“The same problem facing the illegal immigrants is not only happening in the Peninsular but also in Sabah, Sarawak and Johor,” said Dr. Noor Hisham in his daily press conference held here today.

Dr. Noor Hisham was responding to a question of 400 people were reported missing at Salak Tinggi, Sepang Selangor when that area was placed under EMCO effective today until 25th November 2020.

On another press conference earlier, Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the Royal Police Malaysia (RPM) have been instructed to detain the illegal immigrants who escaped while the employers who have collaborated with them in the escape will be held responsible and stern actions will be taken on them.

On the criteria for a factory or shop to be closed, Dr. Noor Hisham said, it will be based on the risk valuation report and if the positive COVID-19 cases have been identified they will be taken to the hospitals while those exposed to the positive cases will be placed in the quarantine centres.

“Targetted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) will be imposed on an area that have been identified and disinfections will be done on the shop or factory besides active tracing will be carried out among the people in the community concerned,” he added.

Dr. Noor Hisham also expressed his worry on the rise of COVID-19 cases in Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley that caused red zones to be formed due to the movements of people are still allowed under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

“Under CMCO, the economic activities continue to be carried out as usual and only education and social activities have been stopped,” he added.

Dr.Noor Hisham also mentioned that if in two weeks time Kedah, Perak, Melaka and Johor do not record high cases of COVID-19 then the CMCO in these states will be lifted much earlier.

The Health Director General said, 919 new cases have been recorded today contributing to the cumulative total of 43,791 while 996 have been cured bringing the whole total to 32,069 (73.2%) and 11,419 active cases have been isolated and treated in the hospitals nationwide.

Meanwhile one dead was recorded bringing the death toll to 303 or 0.7% while 92 have been admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) with 35 needed respiratory aids.

From the new cases, three cases were imported including from Indonesia (1), Nigeria (1) and Saudi Arabia (1).

According to Dr. Noor Hisham, only one new cluster namely Teluk was formed in Kota Kinabalu district, Sabah following 27 positive COVID-19cases have been detected from close contact screening tests.

The states affected mostly by COVID-19 include Sabah (318), Negeri Sembilan (240), Selangor (174), Penang (63) ,Kuala Lumpur (47), Labuan (35), Sarawak (8), Perak (9), Johor (8), Melaka (8) Kedah (3), Kelantan (2) and Putrajaya (1). –Malaysia World News


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