COVID-19: Govt to ensure foreign workers stay put, undergo health screening

JOHOR BAHRU — The government will identify where foreign workers across the country are housed, including illegal settlements, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among these individuals.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said a discussion on this matter was held today among various enforcement agencies.

“We want to find out where they are, and if possible, ensure that they stay put. Health screening will be undertaken when we locate them,” he told reporters at the Johor police contingent headquarters after paying a working visit to the facility.

The minister said this when speaking about the government’s measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among foreign workers following reports today that the Singapore authorities had detected a new COVID-19 cluster involving a hostel for foreign workers, located on Kranji Road.

Apart from this, six other hostels were identified as clusters with two gazetted as isolation areas. The two hostels are S11 Dormitory @ Punggol at Seletar North Link and the Westlite Toh Guan Road East hostel, both of which house a total of 19,800 workers, out which 117 have tested positive.