Health D-G: Companies Should Follow SOP For The Welfare Of All Workers

Foreigners make up over 83% of the new cases in Malaysia.

Cover image via Kementrian Kesihatan Malaysia/Facebook & Firdaus Latiff/Malay Mail

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham just announced that there are 68 new COVID-19 cases today, 8 May

Within the 68 new cases, 57 of those infected with COVID-19 are foreigners.

This brings the number of cases in Malaysia to a total of 6,535 but only 1,564 out of the total are active cases.

During the press conference announcing the daily COVID-19 updates, Dr Noor Hisham also said that there are four imported cases reported today.

Three of the imported cases are from Malaysian citizens who just returned from United Kingdom while the one case is from a patient who just came back from America.

On Sunday, 2 May, the ministry identified a new cluster involving factory workers in Negeri Sembilan

"This cluster was first identified when one of the factory's staff members started showing symptoms such as cough, fever, flu, and shortness of breath," said Dr Noor Hisham.

He explained that out of the 786 people from the cluster that had undergone COVID-19 screening, 60 people tested positive, 286 people tested negative, and 440 others are still waiting for their test results.

The positive cases in this cluster involves seven Malaysian nationals and 53 foreigners from Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, and Myanmar. The ministry is still investigating the source of infection.

To protect the welfare of all workers, Dr Noor Hisham urged companies to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Department of Labour.

He also stressed that individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19 should quickly seek treatment at government clinics.

Within the past 24 hours, 88 patients have fully recovered

A total of 4,864 patients have been discharged from hospitals since the disease was first identified in the country.

The Ministry of Health's (MOH) official Twitter account noted that the current recovery rate in Malaysia is 74.43%.

There were no coronavirus-related deaths reported within the past day. Therefore, Malaysia's COVID-19 death toll remains at 107.

According to MOH, there are currently 18 patients receiving treatment in Intensive Care Units, with seven of them requiring breathing assistance.

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