No EMCO in Setia Alam Despite New Cluster

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Setia Alam will not be placed under an enhanced movement-control order (EMCO), despite there being a cluster of Covid-19 cases detected at a construction site.


“The situation appears to be under control, and does not warrant an EMCO,” director-general of health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah told a media conference in Putrajaya today.

He said those infected have been isolated and quarantined while their close contacts have been screened.

Earlier today, the Health Ministry said 12 Bangladeshi workers tested positive for Covid-19 in the area.

A further nine workers tested negative with results for another seven still pending. Investigations have been carried out after a private hospital alerted the ministry of the infections.

The source of the infection is still being investigated.

Dr Noor Hisham said that cramped living conditions is a major factor in the rapid spread of Covid-19 among migrant workers.

Workers who reside within the same unit may work in shifts, take turns to rest in the same quarters.

“If you noticed from the cases in Selangor Mansion, Malaya Mansion and the Menara One City condominium, one apartment may have as many as 30 people.

“And you might notice that 15 people sit in one housing unit at the construction site.”

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Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry will continue to monitor the situation, although no new cases have been detected in Setia Alam. – TMI