Covid-19: About 30% of clusters linked to the workplace, says Health DG

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020

PETALING JAYA: Out of the 230 Covid-19 clusters that have been reported since the start of the pandemic, about 30% are linked to the workplace, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said 62 clusters were found to be linked to the workplace, of which 37 clusters were still active.

“Two clusters were newly announced today, ” he said in a press briefing on Tuesday (Oct 27) at the ministry's headquarters.

Dr Noor Hisham said that employers and companies play a big role in curbing the transmission of Covid-19 virus in the workplace.

“Proactive measures taken by employers in conducting Covid-19 screenings for their workers can enable the detection of asymptomatic positive cases among coworkers.

“This helps the Health Ministry in conducting public health activities immediately. It is also able to curb the spread of Covid-19 in a community, and protects these individuals from high-risk groups, such as the elderly and children, ” he said.

Employees, he said, also have a role to play by following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the workplace.

“A clean and safe work environment must become a normal occurrence to break the chain of transmission for Covid-19, ” he said.

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