Selangor Journal
Healthcare workers are storing the samples taken from those participating in the Covid-19 drive-through screening operation at Dewan Raja Muda Musa in Section 7, Shah Alam, on April 18, 2020. — Picture by ASRI SAPFIE/SELANGORKINI

Covid-19 screening for staff and detainees at immigration depots in Bukit Jalil, Semenyih

PUTRAJAYA, May 22 — All detainees and staff at the immigration depots in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur and Semenyih, Selangor will undergo Covid-19 screening, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Ismail Sabri, who is also Defence Minister, said this exercise will involve 1,200 detainees in Bukit Jalil and 1,600 in Semenyih.

He said, at present, Covid-19 screening will be conducted only at these two depots, following cases of detainees testing positive for the virus at the two locations.

He clarified that screening was also conducted on the 114 officers at the Bukit Jalil depot, but all were found negative for the virus.

“The case at the Bukit Jalil depot involves illegal immigrants detained before the movement control order (MCO), plus those arrested during the enhanced movement control order at Jalan Masjid India.

“At the depot, they stay in a dorm, not one person one room, that is how the infection might have spread.

“The Health Ministry and Immigration Department has taken action, whereby 60 illegal immigrants who tested positive were sent to the temporary hospital at the Malaysia Agro-Exposition Park Serdang (Maeps),” he told reporters at his daily media conference on the conditional movement control order (CMCO), here, today.

Ismail Sabri also said that officers on duty at the depots must don the full personal protective equipment (PPE).

He added that there is no need to worry because the detainees are in quarantine and do not mingle with the public.

— Bernama

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