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Covid-19: Forty-eight new cases; source of outbreak at Immigration depots to be probed

What the Semenyih Immigration centre looked like in this April 2017 photo used by the Malay Mail.

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PUTRAJAYA — May 23, 2020: Four of the 48 cases detected in the last 48 hours were imported while 25 of the remaining 44 involved foreigners. The total cases for the country is now 7,185, with 5,912 recoveries.

Twenty-one of the local transmissions affected illegal immigrants at the Semenyih detention centre.

Nine patients are in intensive care and five are on ventilators. The death toll remains at 115.

Health director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said the source of the outbreak at the Bukit Jalil and Semenyih Immigration centres will be investigated.

This will include looking into the possibility that a staff may be the source of the transmissions because the detainees had not been able to travel out of the centres.

So far 114 staff from Bukit Jalil and 121 from Semenyih have been tested negative.

Detainees who have tested positive have been moved out while their close contacts have been isolated. Those picked up from the enhanced movement control order areas were screened twice.

Civil society organisations had sounded out that these detention centres are confined quarters that create a perfect hotbed for spreading the virus.

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