Selangor starts mass testing campaign

KLANG: The Selangor government has kick-started a Covid-19 mass testing campaign.

Mentri Besar Datuk Amirudin Shari said the community testing would be concentrated in several hotspots in the Hulu Langat district.

“This is a joint effort by the Selangor government with the private sector and supported by volunteers under the coordination of the state government’s company Selcare,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Earlier, he flagged off a 48-member medical team at the State Secretariat visiting selected locations to carry out screening.

“This big-scale screening is the first of its kind in Malaysia to help flatten the curve (of infection) by carrying out 400 to 500 tests daily to identify more (positive) cases, especially those in the high-risk groups, such as senior citizens with the help of big data analysis,” Amirudin said.

He said the screening exercise would be carried out with all the necessary measures in place, such as the use of personal protective equipment and strict adherence to social distancing.

Five villages and two Orang Asli villages in Sungai Lui, which is in the Hulu Langat district, have been placed under enhanced movement control order after a high infection rate was discovered in the area.

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