SOP should be tighter to avoid new clusters at work places – Noor Hisham

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PUTRAJAYA JUNE 14: The weekly record of COVID-19 cases has shown a decreasing trend but the clusters at the work places are still contributing to the new corona virus cases in Malaysia.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, until 14th June 2021, 1,328 clusters at the work places had been reported with 624,246 individuals were screen tested and out of which 147,040 positive COVID-19 cases were detected.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, majority of the positive COVID-19 cases involving 100,086 individuals (68 per cent) at the work place clusters are foreigners compared to 46,954 (32 per cent) Malaysians.

“The manufacturing sectors have recorded the highest with 95,156 cases involving 639 clusters,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a statement here today.

The Health Director General added, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has set several guidelines and standard operating procedure (SOP) at the work places example, social distancing, limit the number of staffs at the work place and others.

However, he said, the level of awareness on the importance of the SOP at the work place has still room for improvement.

The societies especially the employers and workers must realise that adhering to the guidelines are also for their own good.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, some members of the public will only comply with the SOP when the implementation of the law is being enforced.

 “The care less attitude has contributed to the rise in COVID-19 infections at the work places. MOH is with the opinion that the enforcement of the SOP at the work places should be tighter in the efforts to stop the COVID-19 infections involving clusters at the work places,” Dr. Noor Hisham said.

 Dr.Noor Hisham also listed the active work place clusters and it includes a cluster involving workers in a factory located at the industrial area at Bandar Baru, Salak Tinggi, Sepang, Selangor.

The others involved are Industri Senawang cluster affecting a factory workers at Senawang Industrial Estate, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

The others are Industri Batu, Berendam, Melaka Tengah cluster, Jalan Padang Tembak, Kota Bahru Kelantan and Tok Has cluster involving workers in a restaurant at Seberang Jertih, Kampung Tok Has, Jerteh.

On another development Dr. Noor Hisham said, 6,588 cases have been discharged adding to the cumulative total to 586,864 or 88.6 per cent that supersedes the new cases with 4,943 bringing the cumulative total to 662,457.

From the new cases Dr. Noor Hisham said, six were imported involving two Malaysians and four non-citizens while 4,943 (81.3 per cent) were from local transmissions involving Malaysians and 924 (18.7 per cent) non-citizens.

He said, 71,625 are active cases with 921 admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) while 459 cases needed respiratory aids.

Meanwhile, 60 death cases were recorded today adding to the cumulative total to 3,968 or 0.60 per cent involving 58 Malaysians and two non-citizens.

Dr.Noor Hisham added, since the COVID-!9 pandemic started in 2020, 2,494 clusters have been formed, 17 new clusters formed today, 1,720 have ended while 774 are active clusters.-Malaysia World News

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