PUTRAJAJA: So far there are no infections with Covid-19 in the community of the Teratai group, the Ministry of Health announced.
The director general of health, Tan Sri, Dr Nor Hisham Abdullah, said cluster infections were only among workers, as well as their close contacts.
“Among the positive cases, there are 164 Malaysians who are employees of the company and live outside in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. They infected their family members when they returned home. “There are about 71 family members who have been infected.” said Dr. Nor Hisham.
“But outside the community, we did not detect any infections,” Dr Nur Hisham told a Covid-19 ministry press briefing on Wednesday (November 25th).
The Terratai cluster, which originates from workers at glove maker Top Glove Corp Bhd, is currently Malaysia’s largest ever Covid-19 infection cluster since the start of the pandemic.
As of Wednesday, the cluster has 4063 positive cases related to it.
Dr Nor Hisham said employers should regularly send their employees to Covid-19 testing, especially those in the construction industry that have many foreign workers under them.
“Our proposal for industries in the red zones Kovid-19 is to have a periodic review for their employees. “We advise them to get involved in private healthcare to go for regular testing for their employees,” said Dr Nor Hisham.
He added that the implementation of Law 446 – or the 1990 Law on Minimum Standards for Housing and Workers’ Comfort – is important for the labor industry.
“We hope that we can implement law 446, this is to ensure the welfare, the health of foreign workers from time to time. “This is a proposal of our ministry, and the implementation is under the Ministry of Human Resources,” he said.
Dr Nor Hisham said about 11,215 Top Glove workers had been identified for screening. As of November 25, 506 workers have been checked.
“Those who have a positive test have been admitted to hospitals. “Those who have a negative test but have been exposed to positive cases will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine,” said Dr Nor Hisham.
He added that the company had closed 20 factories, while another eight would follow suit in stages.
“However, the operation of some machines cannot be stopped, so they will still be allowed to operate, but at a minimum speed,” he said.