Those in red zones targeted

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has set its sights on screening foreign workers based in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur for Covid-19, particularly those in “red zones”.

This was part of the ministry’s “targeted approach” in conducting Covid-19 screening and testing on the public, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“There are about 2.5 million registered foreign workers, so obviously it would be difficult to test all of them. So our targeted approach will focus on foreign workers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, and for that, we have the capacity (to screen them).

“It will take time, surely. Our target groups are foreign workers working at construction sites as well as markets. The wholesale market is already identified as a cluster. So what we are going after here are specific localities and targeted groups, ” said Dr Noor Hisham at the ministry’s daily Covid-19 press conference.

Dr Noor Hisham said one of the issues related to foreign workers are those living in cramped homes and apartments.

“There are some who work at markets and some who work at construction sites but live together in cramped homes.

“So we need to screen all of them.

“Our target is on foreign workers in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, particularly those in red zones. This is because we have not found cases involving foreigners in green zones in other states, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said so far, the ministry has screened a 22,339 non-Malaysians and found 986 who were positive for Covid-19.

Some 457 are still being treated at health facilities while 525 have recovered and have been discharged.

Four non-Malaysians have died so far while four are currently in intensive care units.

Earlier, Dr Noor Hisham announced 45 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number of Covid-19 infections in the country to 6,428.

He also said 135 more patients have been discharged, which means 4,702 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in Malaysia since the outbreak began.

He also announced one death – a 51-year-old man with a history of hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease who died at 2.53pm on Tuesday.

The deceased had been receiving treatment at the Sungai Buloh Hospital since April 22.

The Covid-19 death toll is now 107.

With that, there are only 1,619 active cases being treated at the country’s health facilities at present.

On another matter, Dr Noor Hisham said Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) can resume the majority of its services including elective surgeries, as the Quarantine and Low-Risk Covid-19 Treatment Centre at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park

Serdang (MAEPS) is now in operation.

He said the centre was built as part of the preparatory efforts to enhance the capacity of the ministry’s facilities to treat Covid-19 patients.

MAEPS started operations on April 21 and had received low-risk or no symptom positive Covid-19 patients.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, the services provided at MAEPS include clinical services such as inpatient wards for Covid-19 patients, resuscitation space, ambulance, x-ray, and pathology laboratory services..

Till May 5, Dr Noor Hisham said the cumulative positive Covid-19 cases that are being treated at the centre was 217 cases, in which

65 patients have been discharged and 152 still being treated.

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