Selangor Journal
Health workers during the Covid-19 screening operation at the Top Glove Corp Bhd’s workers’ hostel in Meru, Klang, on November 24, 2020. — Picture by BERNAMA

Selangor calls for immediate closure of factories concealing Covid-19 cases

By Selangor Journal Team

SHAH ALAM, Jan 30 — Factories that fail to report Covid-19 cases among its workers and do not cooperate with the authorities for contact tracing process should have its operations immediately shut down.

Following a meeting with the Selangor Security Council Committee yesterday, Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said the state government will propose the matter to Putrajaya to curb new clusters emerging from factories and workplaces.

“The meeting had also identified factories in the whole of Selangor that are hot spots of the Covid-19 infection.

“Therefore, the state government will execute the ‘Preventing Outbreak at Ignition Site’ (POIS) programme to break and prevent workplace clusters,” he said in a statement today, adding that POIS is a screening programme conducted at factories and workplaces.

He said the programme will be carried out with the cooperation of the Selangor State Health Department (JKNS), Selgate Corporation Sdn Bhd, the local authorities and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers.

On January 23, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had said that a total of 350 new clusters in the country were reported between January 6 and January 22, of which 225 or 64.3 per cent were linked to workplaces.

To date, the Teratai Cluster, which originated from Top Glove Corp Bhd’s worker dormitories in Klang, has recorded an accumulated 7,092 Covid-19 cases and is the highest-recording cluster.

Selangor yesterday recorded its highest daily figure with 3,126 infections out of the 5,725 daily cases reported nationwide.

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