Malaysia set for stricter rules following spike

23 Nov 2020

Malaysia has faced a spike coronavirus cases once again, resulting in the shutdown of 28 factories of Top Glove Corp. in the Selangor state. Authorities confirmed that over 2,000 workers tested positive for the virus. 
Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah said, “All those who tested positive have been hospitalised and their close contacts have been quarantined to avoid infecting other workers.” 
Speaking with reports, Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated that workers of the world’s largest rubber-glove maker will undergo screenings and quarantine to minimise the spread of the virus. 
“We have completed full screening of about 5,700 workers at our hostels. We are committed to proceed with the (health ministry) recommended COVID-19 screening test of the balance (of) workers and staff at our factories in Meru, Klang,” Top Glove stated. 
The closure of the factories was agreed after the government discussed the issue. Top Glove said that 16 facilities in the area since last Wednesday have stopped production temporarily. 
Moreover, a lockdown was imposed on the dormitories in the state last week, affecting around 27% of total employees. 
There are suggestions that the Malaysian government will have to impose stricter rules to stop the virus from spreading around.