Health DG: 639 workplace clusters linked to manufacturing sector

PETALING JAYA: A large portion of workplace clusters are linked to the manufacturing sector, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“The manufacturing sector reported the highest number of cases in the category of workplace clusters, which is 95,156 cases and 639 clusters,” he said in a press statement on Monday (June 14).

He said that although new Covid-19 cases have shown a dip, new workplace clusters still continued to emerge.

Dr Noor Hisham also shared a graph in which the number of workplace clusters have increased recently, although the movement control order was implemented on May 12 and lockdown started on June 1.

For epidemiological week 19 (May 9 to 15), the number of workplace clusters was 44.

However, this increased to 92 clusters from May 30 to June 5, and 107 clusters from June 6 to 12.

As of June 14, he added, a total of 1,328 workplace clusters have been reported.

“A total of 624,246 individuals have been screened in the clusters, with 147,040 cases confirmed positive,” he said, adding that the test positivity rate was as high as 23.6%.

The positivity rate indicates the portion of positive Covid-19 cases detected out of the total tests conducted.

Dr Noor Hisham also added that many positive cases in workplace clusters involved non-Malaysians, making up 100,086 cases (or 68%).

He said the top five active workplace clusters with the highest number of cases were the Jalan Tiga Salak Tinggi cluster (Selangor), Industri Senawang cluster (Negri Sembilan and Melaka), Industri Batu Berendam cluster (Melaka), Jalan Padang Tembak cluster (Kelantan and Terengganu), and Tok Has cluster (Terengganu).

“The Health Ministry has set various guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOP) for workplaces such as physical distancing and limiting the number of workers on-site.

“Even so, it was found that the level of awareness about the importance of adhering to SOPs still needs to be raised.

“There is still a portion of society who only care about following the SOP when there is enforcement. Such negligence has contributed to the rise in Covid-19 cases, especially in workplaces,” he said.

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