80 Health Workers Infected, but None Due to Covid-19 Patients

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A total of 80 healthcare workers in 30 Health Ministry facilities have tested positive for Covid-19 as of this morning, but none of them handled infected patients, said Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

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“Nevertheless, all medical staff and frontliners are advised to take preventive measures, especially in ensuring that their hands are kept clean at all times, practising social distancing and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) accordingly,” he said in a post of his Facebook page today.

He also said that all 30 facilities have been disinfected.

Graphics uploaded on his Facebook page showed Teluk Intan Hospital as having the most number of Covid-19 patients among healthcare workers at 39.

They had attended two weddings that were also attended by people who had been to the tabligh gathering at Masjid Jamek Seri Petaling.

The emergency department and the observation ward of the hospital was closed yesterday for cleaning and disinfection after it was found that its medical staff had been infected.

The emergency department is temporarily operating out of the outpatient building while hospital operations continue as usual.

Other hospitals with infected staff are Selayang Hospital in Kuala Lumpur (5), Kota Baru’s Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II (4), Seri Manjung Hospital in Perak (3) and Tuanku Jaafar Seremban Hospital (3).

Shah Alam Hospital reported two cases.

All other facilities, including the Health Ministry headquarters in Putrajaya, reported one case each.