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Monday, November 30, 2020

Govt issues requirements for mandatory Covid-19 tests on migrant workers


COVID-19 | Putrajaya has instructed employers to prepare two types of quarantine centres for their migrant workers who are tested positive for Covid-19 and placed under mandatory quarantine.

This is part of the requirement under the mandatory ruling on Covid-19 screening for 1.7 million migrant workers, which comes into effect tomorrow.

At a press conference today, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the employers are required to prepare a quarantine station (QS) and a quarantine and low-risk treatment centre (PKRC) for the quarantine purposes.

"Tomorrow, (the government) will kick off the Covid-19 screening for the migrant workers by the factories that been identified by the Human Resources Ministry," he said.

"For this purpose, the companies involved are required to prepare appropriate quarantine stations and quarantine and low-risk treatment centres," he said, adding that the costs of running both the quarantine centres would have to be borne by the employers.

Ismail Sabri said the employers would also need to provide food, accommodation and transportation for their workers.

"Workers who are found to be Covid-19 positive after conducting the antigen rapid tests (RTK-Ag), but display no syndrome, will be sent to the dormitory prepared by the employers that segregate from their colleagues who have been cleared.

"In case there is no suitable hostel, they must be placed at a PKRC, which is (also to be) prepared by the employers.

"Workers with a mild Covid-19 syndrome will be moved to a PKRC, while only those with severe illness will be sent to a hospital," Ismail Sabri said.

[More to follow] - Mkini

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