Construction site are seeing a hive activity after the easing of restriction amidst Covid 19, however there are concerns on possible second and third waves coming from these places as these spots require workers to stay in close proximity.
Just this week a construction site in Kuala Lumpur detected 44 Covid 19 cases among its 400 workers, the workers have been sent to the hospital while the others have been separated. Although screening is mandatory for site management to conduct, its a wonder if they will be able to do this everyday. Workers are in contact with other people constantly and often live in poor conditions with crammed space shared by many.
The ministry has ordered the site and its quarters to be vacated, disinfection work is being carried out and the rest of the worker will be able to resume at the site after the process. Out of 5236 sites visited, officers gave stop order to 7 and issued warning to 209, they were supposedly for not complying to the SOP granted to construction sites to follow. Fear of an upcoming spike which Director General Ministry of Health, Dr Noor Hisham mentioned could be from these spots, already we have detention camp outbreaks that raised the daily toll back to the hundreds and now we have construction site problems to worry about.
Bulk of new cases emerging for the past 2 weeks has been from migrant workers and illegal immigrants, questions are being raised on the handling of these facilities and if proper screening is being conducted. With Ramadan now over, and thousands returning from the hometown, Malaysia is at a nervous juncture on this wait-and-see game of what to expect.