Covid-19: 416 foreigners among the infected in the country


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: Foreigners make up about one-tenth of those diagnosed with Covid-19, says the Health Ministry.

Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the ministry had detected 416 positive Covid-19 cases among foreigners in the country.

Dr Hisham said from the 416 cases, the positive Covid-19 cases included nationals from Indonesia (51 cases), India (37 cases), Myanmar (31 cases), Pakistan (29 cases), the Philippines (27 cases), China (25), Bangladesh (12) and others.

"The Ministry is working closely with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to ensure that refugees and asylum seekers are covered in the prevention activities that are carried out by the government," he said during a press conference on Thursday (April 9).

Dr Hisham added that the respective foreign missions had been informed of the status of their nationals.

He also said that the ministry has received assistance from many non-governmental organisations (NGO) and volunteers for on-site field tracking detection, together with health officers from the District Health Office.

There were 109 new positive cases on Thursday (April 9), bringing the total of infected in the country to 4,228 cases.

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