73 Healthcare Workers Down with Covid-19

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Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 73 Health Ministry personnel have tested positive for Covid-19.

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He said based on investigations, the cause of infection was not due to the handling of positive cases at the ministry’s facilities.

“It was found that 47 cases or 64.4 percent had to do with wedding receptions which were also attended by people who were at the tabligh gathering.

The weddings attended by healthcare workers were held in Bangi on March 6 and in Putrajaya the following day.

“Other causes also include a history of travelling overseas and having contact with family members who tested positive for Covid-19,” he told a press conference today.

The Emergency Department and observation ward of Hospital Teluk Intan in Perak have been shut for disinfection after 37 of its staff tested positive for Covid-19, says Dr Noor Hisham.

The wards will be reopened soon after cleaning and disinfection. The rest of the hospital was functioning as normal.

“We hope we can [send] the doctors from other places to the hospital,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

The Health DG revealed that a total 1,895 health officers handling Covid-19 cases at the ministry’s facilities had undergone testing for the virus.

He said 1,187 of them tested negative and 708 of them were still awaiting results.

“None of them had tested positive,” he stressed.

Dr Noor Hisham urged all health officers and frontliners to inform their respective department heads if they were directly involved or had come in contact with people who attended the tabligh gathering at Sri Petaling, a wedding in Bangi on March 6, or another wedding in Putrajaya on March 7.