Covid-19: Three Immigration detention centre clusters reported in three days

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 24 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: In a matter of three days, three separate clusters of Covid-19 cases have been detected at three Immigration detention centres in the country.

On Sunday (May 24), the Health Ministry reported six cases at the Immigration detention centre in Sepang, the latest cluster to be reported.

On Saturday (May 23), it had announced a cluster at the Semenyih detention centre while on Friday (May 22), it had announced a cluster at the Bukit Jalil detention centre.

Altogether, a total of 49 cases have been detected in Semenyih, 60 cases in Bukit Jalil, and seven cases in Sepang.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had said in a press conference Saturday that they would investigate the source of the outbreaks.

The government recently detained thousands of undocumented migrants from the Jalan Masjid India area, the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market area and the Petaling Jaya Old Town area (pic above).

All these areas had been placed under the enhanced movement control order (MCO), with the Immigration authorities detaining the immigrants just before the order was lifted.

This was criticised by civil society organisations who had warned that detention centres were confined quarters that created a hotbed for spreading the virus to and from communities.

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