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MOH confirms Myanmar illegal immigrant sent home COVID-19 positive

MOH confirms Myanmar illegal immigrant sent home COVID-19 positive
Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the individual was among the 437 illegal immigrants who had been deported. - Filepic/BERNAMA
PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed an illegal immigrant from Myanmar detained at the Kuala Lumpur Immigration Department depot was tested positive for COVID-19.

However, Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the individual was among the 437 illegal immigrants who had been deported.

He explained that they were among the group that had been separated before being deported.

"Yes, that’s correct, we have received a report from Myanmar. So, we are investigating the case and so far, we have placed 1,400 individuals in the Kuala Lumpur detention depot.
"Before the MCO (Movement Control Order) started, we had 437 individuals in block A and were separated before March 18 and the group did not undergo a screening test," he told a press conference here today.

In the same development, Dr Noor Hisham hoped the new COVID-19 cases will drop to a lower two-digit number.
He said that with the two focus areas of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in the Chow Kit and Pudu markets, MOH could still maintain the two-digit figure.

"We are actively conducting screening tests on foreigners. Although this is a local transmission case, the majority involves foreigners," he said.



Tag: Ministry of Health, MOH, illegal immigrant, Myanmar, Kuala Lumpur Immigration Department depot, COVID-19, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, EMCO



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