Health DG: Undocumented immigrants will be screened for Covid-19

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  • Friday, 01 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry will screen undocumented immigrants for Covid-19 to prevent the spread of the virus, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general however said that the authorities in charge of handling matters related to undocumented immigrants falls within the jurisdiction of the Home Ministry.

“Our job in the Health Ministry is that whether documented or undocumented, we make sure they are not infected. Our job is to ensure whether in prison or at the containment centre, they are free from Covid-19 infection,” he said.

He said this at the daily press briefing on Friday (May 1), in response to a question on how the raids on foreigners in enhanced movement control order (MCO) areas would affect the Health Ministry’s plans of mass testing.

“We lock down the area and conduct tests for all of them, and make sure they are not infected. That is the responsibility of the Health Ministry, the rest is the responsibility of the Home Ministry,” he said.

Immigration Department personnel had been seen at Menara City One building on Friday morning, with a group of people, believed to be undocumented immigrants, seen sitting at one area of the building.

Separately, Dr Noor Hisham said data is still being collected on how many traders from markets in Kuala Lumpur were infected by Covid-19.

There are currently 86 positive cases from the areas surrounding the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market, with about 19 cases detected from outside the enhanced MCO areas.

There were three additional positive cases reported on Friday.

“The investigation is still ongoing, contact tracing of family members and the traders from the markets (is still being done). The data is not complete, it would take maybe another two or three more days to conduct the active case detection for those linked to the wholesale market,” he said.

When asked whether the SOPs for economic sectors released earlier were on the advice of the Health Ministry, Dr Noor Hisham said the decision was a collective one.

The areas under the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market have been placed under the enhanced MCO, which took effect from April 20 and is expected to last until May 3.

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