1500 To Be Screened For Covid-19 In Sg Buloh Prison After One Inmate Tests Positive

With everything going on around the world, it can get easy to forget that we have a global pandemic right at our doorstep. In spite of the the government periodically loosening restrictions and the Movement Control Order (MCO) becoming a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), the Covid-19 virus is still out there, and it only takes one to get infected before we have a whole new cluster.

With that in mind, it looks like the staff and inmates at Sungai Buloh Prison are going to have to get screened for Covid-19 after one of the prisoners tested positive for the virus. That’s 700 staff and 800 inmates that have to get tested all because of one dude.

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the inmate, who’s not Malaysian, has been there since 2016 but had left on March 13. He has since been transferred to the Semenyih Immigration Detention Depot.

“We are now looking at the close contacts of the prisoner and we will filter them out. We have moved the prisoner to the detention depot in Semenyih.

“Screening will be conducted by the Gombak District Health Department.

“They will not only screen the prisoner’s close contacts but also all staff and prisoners,” he said during MOH’s daily briefing on Covid-19.

To date, Malaysia has reported a total of 7,857 confirmed cases, with 6404 recoveries and 115 deaths.

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