A total of 28 Top Glove Corporation Bhd factories in Klang will be shut down temporarily in stages to enable the Health Ministry to conduct Covid-19 screening and quarantine its workers.
Ministry of Defence -
Senior Minister of Security Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob the course of action was taken due to the steady increase in positive cases reported among the workers.
"Top Glove worker dormitories have been placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) since Nov 17.
"As of Nov 23, the Health Ministry has screened 5,794 individuals, from which 1,889 tested positive.
Top Glove -
Top Glove, in a statement yesterday, explained that it had temporarily stopped production in 16 facilities in Meru, Klang, since last Wednesday.
The remaining 12 facilities in Meru had been operating at much reduced capacities.
“We have completed full screening of about 5,700 workers at our hostels, ” it said, adding that it would proceed to screen the rest of the workers and staff of its factories in Meru.
“Disinfection exercises at our premises and accommodation are also conducted regularly, with all the necessary precautionary measures strictly in place, ” it added.
Ministry of Health -
Yesterday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah told a press briefing that the factory management had stated that the entire worker population there numbered about 13,000 people working in 28 different buildings.
“The Klang District Health Office is working with the factory management to conduct a screening on all its employees, ” he said.
He noted that 5,767 people had been screened so far with 2,524 of them testing positive, while 1,913 others were awaiting the results.
The cases in this cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said, comprised 164 Malaysians and 2,360 foreigners whose ages ranged from two to 68.
“All the positive cases have been admitted to hospital and their close contacts have been quarantined to prevent the virus from spreading to other workers, ” he said.
Top Glove is the world’s largest latex-glove maker and has seen record high profits this year as demand for medical gloves and protective gear skyrocketed due to the pandemic.
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