Covid-19: No infections in the community from Teratai cluster, says Health DG

PUTRAJAYA: There are no Covid-19 infections in the community from the Teratai cluster so far, the Health Ministry said.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the infections in the cluster are only among workers as well as their close contacts.

“Among the positive cases, there are 164 Malaysians who are workers of the company and they live outside in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. They infected their family members when they came home. There are about 71 family members who have been infected.” said Dr Noor Hisham.

“But outside the community, we have not detected any infections, ” said Dr Noor Hisham at the ministry’s Covid-19 press briefing here on Wednesday (Nov 25).

The Teratai cluster, which originates from workers of glove manufacturer Top Glove Corp Bhd, is currently Malaysia’s biggest ever Covid-19 infection cluster since the pandemic began.

As of Wednesday, the cluster has 4,063 positive cases linked to it.

Dr Noor Hisham said employers should regularly send their employees for Covid-19 testing, especially those in the construction industry who have many foreign workers under them.

“Our suggestion for industries within Covid-19 red zones is that they have periodic screening for their employees. We advise them to engage with private healthcare to go for regular testing for their employees, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

He added that the enforcement of Act 446 - or the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 - is important for the labour industry.

“We hope we can implement Act 446, this is to make sure welfare, the health of foreign workers are taken care of from time to time. This is our ministry’s suggestion, and the implementation is under the Human Resources Ministry, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said about 11,215 workers of Top Glove have been identified for screening. As of Nov 25,6, 506 workers have been screened.

“Those who test positive are admitted to hospitals. Those who test negative but have been exposed to positive cases will have to undergo 14-day quarantine, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

He added that the company has closed 20 factories, while another eight will follow suit in stages.

“However, the operation of some machineries cannot be put on halt, so it will still be allowed to operate, but at a minimal rate, ” he said.

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