Covid-19: Swab tests on foreign workers to be compulsory in several states, says Ismail Sabri

PUTRAJAYA: Swab tests on foreign workers in all sectors and industries will be made compulsory in several states, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

They include Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Sabah, and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.

He said this will be the first phase to make it mandatory for foreign workers to be tested for Covid-19.

Ismail Sabri added that the National Security Council (NSC) special meeting also agreed to the proposal presented by the Human Resources Ministry that the RTK antigen test be conducted on the foreign workers instead of the PCR test.

“We have also agreed to allow private clinics to carry out the swap tests at construction sites or industry premises instead of having long queues at clinics for people to be tested.

“Furthermore, the RTK antigen test results are faster and can be obtained in one or two hours,” he said on Friday (Nov 20).

He also said that as for charges, Socso will subsidise RM60 for the test to be done on foreign workers who are contributors and the remaining is to be paid by employers.

Cost to test foreign workers who are not contributors will be borne by their employers.

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