Health Ministry: Over a third of all Covid-19 clusters are linked to workplaces


Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

PUTRAJAYA: A total of 119 from the cumulative number of 334 Covid-19 clusters detected in Malaysia to date are related to infections at workplaces, says the Health Ministry.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 119 clusters linked to workplaces, 83 are still active while 36 have ended.

“A total of 77,201 individuals have been screened, of which 12,079 were found to be Covid-19 positive.

“This figure involves 4,398 Malaysians and 7,681 foreigners,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement on Tuesday (Nov 24).

He said the five workplace-linked clusters that have the highest number of cases are the Teratai cluster (4,036 cases), Damanlela Construction Site cluster (1,539), Cergas cluster (1,337), Hentian cluster (1,101) and Kaya cluster (900).

“The sudden surge in cases in the Klang Valley and Selangor are generally due to workplace infection clusters,” he said.

As of Nov 24, there are 167 overall active clusters in the country, with no new clusters detected.

Dr Noor Hisham said for industries that employ many foreign workers, the onus is on employers to provide conducive accommodation and to ensure Covid-19 prevention measures are imposed.

“The ministry urges employers to play a bigger role in fighting Covid-19 transmission in Malaysia,” he said.

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