PETALING JAYA: The closure of factories linked to the Teratai cluster will allow medical workers to be mobilised to the affected areas to screen all of its workers, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
"The ministry welcomes the announcement by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob that the factories will be closed in stages to allow for a thorough screening of its workers.
"This will allow medical workers and public health assistants to be mobilised to the affected areas to assist in control and prevention activities including screenings, ” he said during his media briefing on Monday (Nov 23).
The Teratai cluster is linked to rubber glove manufacturer Top Glove's factories in Selangor.
Earlier, Ismail said that 28 Top Glove factories in Klang will be shut down temporarily to enable the Health Ministry to conduct Covid-19 screening on its workers.
On Nov 17, a 14-day enhanced MCO had been enforced in the area.
The total population in the enhanced MCO area is around 5,900 people.
However, Dr Noor Hisham said information received from the factory management found that the entire worker population is 13,000 people working in 28 different factory buildings.
"The Klang district health office is working with the factory management to conduct a screening on all of its employees," he said.
Dr Noor Hisham said the cluster recorded 1,067 cases Monday and had contributed to the spike in cases in the country.
He said 5,767 cases had been screened, where 2,524 tested positive, 1,330 tested negative while 1,913 others were still waiting for their results.
The cases in this cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said consists of 164 Malaysians and 2,360 foreigners ranging from the age of two to 68.
Dr Noor Hisham also assured the public that the spike in cases in the Teratai cluster was due to its enhanced screening in the area.
He said the same situation was once seen in the Kepayan cluster, which involves a prison in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah as well as the immigration depot cases during the second wave.
"Most of the cases in this cluster were from factory workers in Meru, Klang.
"All the positive cases have been admitted to hospital and their close contacts have been quarantined to avoid the virus spread to other workers.
"The factory management has also taken measures to isolate their employees who have been identified as close contacts to be quarantined," he said.
To date, Dr Noor Hisham said no cases in this cluster require intensive care unit treatment and no deaths have been reported.
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