Sharp increase in Johor COVID-19 cases due to foreign workers screening

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level 1 level 2 covid-19 patients home quarantine foreign workers Healthcare workers from the Ministry of Health conducting Covid-19 screening on the employees of Top Glove following the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) on its employees accomodation at Meru, Klang to stop the spread of Covid-19. PIX: MOHD ADZLAN / MalaysiaGazette / 19 NOVEMBER 2020. Johor
(Picture for representational purposes only) Healthcare workers from the Ministry of Health conducting Covid-19 screening on the employees of Top Glove following the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) on its employees accomodation at Meru, Klang to stop the spread of Covid-19.PIX: MOHD ADZLAN / MalaysiaGazette / 19 NOVEMBER 2020.

JOHOR BAHRU – The drastic increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Johor is a result of voluntary screening by employers on foreign workers since last December, said State Environment and Health Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan.

He said based on the field investigation by the Johor Health Department , the main reason for the detection of new cases among industrial workers was due to their movement to the red zones outside the state.

Their non-compliance with the new standard operating procedures (SOP) was also identified as a contributing factor to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, he said in a statement here today.

However, Vidyananthan said the State Health Department had acted promptly by imposing the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at industrial locations which were reported to have high COVID-19 positive cases.

According to him, as of yesterday, three hostels for foreign workers have been placed under the EMCO, namely Asrama Westlite Johor Bahru, Arama Westlite 1 and Westlite 2 in Kulai , as well as  Asrama Kejora Juara, Bukit Pasir  in Muar.

Yesterday, Malaysia recorded the highest daily number of COVID-19 positive cases, totalling 3,027, with Johor recording the highest number at 1,103 cases.

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