PETALING JAYA: The 1 Utama Shopping Centre management denies there are 63 Covid-19 positive cases at the mall here and says it is misleading to imply all the cases originated from there.
In a statement, 1 Utama said there are no index cases identified from the mall.
"From the 6,000 staff who were screened, we have yesterday (Oct 14) concluded test results and successfully identified 20 tenant staff and one mall management staff who are Covid-19 positive.
"These 21 persons were swiftly quarantined by the Health Ministry to contain the spread and further minimise potential exposure," said the mall in a statement on Thursday (Oct 15).
The mall said the 44 Covid-19 positive cases among the security guards were not part of the 6,000 workers at the mall who were mass tested.
"We would like to hereby state that the 44 covid positive cases of security guards mentioned by the Petaling district office does not originate from 1 Utama and was not part of the 6,000 mass testings we conducted.
"They are in fact outsourced contract guards from a third-party service provider where Covid-19 was contracted through a dormitory and not within our premises," said the mall.
A 1 Utama Shopping Centre spokesman told The Star that the Health Ministry had told them that one of the security guards working at the mall was Covid-19 positive.
"We were informed last week over this one case. We pulled out the one guard from the mall and informed the security company he is from.
"The security company carried out testing and then discovered that there were 44 security guards from their company who were then found to be Covid-19 positive," said the spokesman.
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