Covid-19: 43 out of 2,950 foreign workers screened on Wednesday (March 31) test positive


PETALING JAYA: A total of 43 out of 2,950 foreign workers screened on Wednesday (March 31) for Covid-19 have tested positive, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Senior Minister said to date, 667,896 foreign workers have been screened, involving 34,653 employers.

"From the total, 10,116 of them tested positive while the results for 657,780 came back negative.

"To date, 1,542 clinics are involved in the screening programme," he said in a statement on Thursday (April 1).

The government made it mandatory for all foreign workers to be screened from Feb 1.

Ismail Sabri also said two people have been arrested for travelling interstate and interdistrict without permission.

Under Ops Benteng, he said 50 illegals were detained which also saw the seizure of two boats and five vehicles.

"The enforcement teams also detected 124 boats in the country's waters and managed to stop 11 foreigners from trespassing," he said.

Separately, Ismail Sabri said 638 individuals who returned from overseas have been placed in quarantine centres throughout the country.

"Since July 24 last year, a total of 159,661 people have returned home and were placed in 78 hotels and nine public training as well as private education institutes throughout the country.

"Of the total, 7,249 of them were required to be quarantined, 151,218 were allowed to return home and another 1,194 were taken to the hospital," he said.

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