Rise in Penang Covid-19 cases on foreign workers screening: CM

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THE rise in Covid-19 cases in Penang yesterday is a  result of continuous screening conducted since Dec 9, 2020 among foreigners near construction sites and factories throughout the state, says Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

The Penang State Health Department (JKNPP) has informed that out of a total of 226 cases, a total of 185 reports were from clusters, including 110 cases involving the latest cluster, namely Akasia Rawa cluster.

As of yesterday, a total of nine active clusters were reported in the state of Penang.

“The increase in positive Covid-19 cases in the state  is expected as JKNPP has increased screening tests among foreign workers and close contact as well as employers’ commitment in implementing Social Security Organisation (SOCSO)  screening programme which requires all foreign workers to undergo screening tests at the registered clinics,” Chow said in a statement.

For the record, a total of 135,490 foreign workers are registered with SOCSO, and will undergo screening tests in stages.

Chow urged the people to remain calm and follow the SOPs while employers are asked to be responsible in mitigating the virus spread at workplace. — TMR

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