PKFZ: Covid-19 PCR testing now compulsory for all foreign workers within port

PETALING JAYA: The Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) has made it compulsory for all foreign workers within the port to undergo Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, says PKFZ Chairman Datuk Lawrence Low.

He said that those who test negative are allowed to enter the port to resume work, while those without test results are prohibited from entering the Free Zone.

He said that the PKFZ management had imposed strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Port Klang Authority, the Health Ministry and other related agencies.

“PKFZ would like to emphasise that all the Covid-19 cases reported here originate from workers living in quarters outside the Free Zone, ” said Low.

He added that as these workers may have entered PKFZ during the course of their work, they are immediately identified through mandatory testing, hospitalised and only allowed entry into PKFZ after they have fully recovered.

Low added in a press statement on Wednesday (Nov 25) that all Covid-19 cases are immediately reported to the Health Ministry and PKFZ for immediate treatment at hospitals and follow-up action.

He said that active contact tracing and immediate isolation of those suspected with Covid-19 is then conducted.

Low also said that thorough cleaning and disinfection of the affected premises are carried out immediately after cases are reported, which are supervised by PKFZ before operations resume.

He added that workers' living quarters are all located outside PKFZ and are required to be cleaned and disinfected twice a day as per the Health Ministry’s instructions.

Low said that as of Nov 24,55 workers including four locals employed at their clients’ premises in PKFZ have tested positive for Covid-19.

He said that more than 40 of these workers were from two companies, which have since suspended their operations temporarily.

“All affected premises have carried out disinfection and deep cleansing while their workers were managed by the Health Ministry and given the necessary treatment at hospitals, ” he said.

He added that foreign workers residing in areas where large number of positive cases have been reported are required to undergo 14-days of self-quarantine under the supervision of their employers despite testing negative for Covid-19.

Low said that they are only permitted to enter PKFZ to resume work if a second test on the 13th day is negative.

He said that as a result of mandatory testing after Nov 10, they were able to identify the positive cases early with subsequent management resulting in only six cases reported since Nov 21.

He said there were no cases reported on Tuesday (Nov 24), with only two companies – Golden Horses Rubber and Maersk - deciding to cease their operations temporarily as a precautionary measure although both are expected to resume soon.

“Despite these difficult times and limitations, PKFZ is operating and functioning with minimal disruptions to our services to our tenants with strict observance of health, safety and security SOPs, ” he said.

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