PUTRAJAYA: A total of 24,125 foreigners in Malaysia have been screened for Covid-19 so far, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said of this number, 1,132 were found to be Covid-19 positive, 487 are still receiving treatment including three in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), four have died and 641 have recovered.

He said the screening of foreigners would continue and hoped that Covid-19 tests could be conducted at Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) areas regardless of whether the people there were locals or immigrants.

“We will screen and test all in these (EMCO) areas. We will also identify target groups for screening and testing especially those involving clusters, apart from conducting acute case detection through trace and track.

“Those found positive will be isolated and treated, and those negative but linked to positive cases will be quarantined for 14 days,” he told a Covid-19 media briefing here yesterday.

Elaborating on the Pedas cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry (MOH) was implementing tracing of close contacts by testing and isolating those found to be positive.

“Those found negative of COVID-19 were quarantined. So far, 768 close contacts in the Pedas cluster have been identified and tested. The number of positive cases is 131,” he said.

Preventive measures, sanitisation and disinfection operations were still being conducted at the factory to curb the spread of the coronavirus, he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also welcomed the extension of the Conditional Movement Control Order as announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, saying the move would give space to the government to further contain the spread of COVID-19 and balance the opening up of economic sectors in a cautious manner. – Bernama

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