Two officers, one detainee at Semenyih Immigration depot tested positive for Covid-19, says Health DG

PUTRAJAYA: A new Covid-19 cluster has cropped up at the Semenyih Immigration depot after two officers and one detainee tested positive for the coronavirus.

This is the second time the same depot has become the site of a Covid-19 cluster, said the Health Ministry.

Previously, the cluster which ended on June 22, had seen 66 infections but no deaths.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the index case of this cluster is a detainee who was supposed to be deported to his home country.

"Therefore, the detainee was brought for Covid-19 screening at a clinic, and duly tested positive for the virus on Aug 27,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement Friday (Sept 4).

Investigations by the ministry found two Immigration officers from the depot, aged 34 and 36, also tested positive for Covid-19.

They were two out of four Immigration officers who were on duty escorting the index case.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry has implemented active case detection and contact tracing, with 269 individuals screened so far.

Of that number, 134 are detainees, 219 are staff members of the depot while six are family members of workers.

"The source of the infection is still under investigation. Preventive measures such as sanitisation and disinfection exercises have been conducted at the depot,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

Dr Noor Hisham urged frontliners who dealing with Covid-19 positive cases or patients under investigations (PUI) to take preventive measures at all times.

This, he said, included the proper wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing of at least one metre and having optimum cleanliness of hands.

Meanwhile, the Telaga cluster has reported a new case in Kedah on Friday, bringing the total to eight confirmed cases.

The latest case is a 36-year-old woman who is a hospital worker.

The index case is also a female hospital worker, 29, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Aug 25.

Dr Noor Hisham said so far, 2,737 individuals in Kedah and six in Penang have been screened under this cluster.

“A total of 654 individuals are still waiting for their results, while the rest have tested negative,” he said.

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