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Covid-19: Another surge in new cases; positive cases at Rembau factory

There could be something like 5 million foreign workers in Malaysia, both legal and otherwise. (Photo an illustration only.)

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PUTRAJAYA — May 8, 2020: The last 24 hours recorded a surge in new cases to 68 to bring the total for the country to 6,535. Most of the recent cases involved foreigners, while four were imported.

Seventeen patients remain in intensive care, with only seven on ventilators. The death toll is unchanged at 107.

Discharged were 88 patients, which makes a total recovery of 4,864 or 74.43 per cent.

At a factory in Pedas, Rembau, 53 foreign workers tested positive. This cluster was detected about a week ago.

Of the number, 25 were Nepalese, 18 Bangladeshis, eight Indonesians and two Myanmar. Also positive were seven local workers.

According to Health director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, 786 workers at the factory and their families have been screened. The results for 440 are being awaited.

Many of the recent cases were of foreign workers, prompting Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to say recently that all foreign workers would be tested, beginning with those in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

There are an estimated 2.3 million documented foreign workers in the country but it is believed that an equal number are undocumented.

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