Covid-19: As cases spike, employers in Johor warned to comply with SOPs

JOHOR BARU: Johor wants employers to comply with Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) following an increase in infections involving factory workers in industrial areas here.

Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan (pic) said on Saturday (Dec 26) that the state government was warning employers and their workers to make sure that their operations were in accordance with SOPs imposed by the government.

“SOP compliance is important as it is the only method that can break the chain of infections.

“We also would like to remind employers to cooperate to the Health Department and other agencies that are involved in curbing the spread of Covid-19, ” he said in a statement.

He added that Senior Minister (Defense) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had earlier announced the imposition of enhanced movement control order (MCO) at the Westlite’s workers’ quarters in Taman Perindustrian Tampoi Jaya here.

This is after a sharp increase of Covid-19 cases in the area. As of Dec 25, there were 115 people from 3,116 of the residents who tested positive for Covid-19, all of whom are foreign workers.

The enhanced MCO will start from Dec 26 2020 until Jan 8 2021 involving 231 housing unit.

As for the Tembok Gajah cluster at the Kluang Prison, a total of 634 cases were recorded as of Dec 25 involving 597 inmates, and 35 prison staff and families.

“The case was first reported on Dec 18, and the state health department has conducted active case detection (ACD) in order to curb the spread on Dec 19.

“We have also set up a low-risk quarantine and treatment centre (PKRC) at the Kluang Prison complex to treat those with mild symptoms and without symptoms, ” he said.

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