KUALA LUMPUR (March 26): 80 Malaysian healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

In his Facebook posting at noon today, he said none of the healthcare workers’ source of infection has been linked to the management or treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham said that 73 healthcare staff had tested positive for Covid-19, which included 37 staff from Teluk Intan Hospital.

The Teluk Intan Hospital was temporarily closed for cleaning and disinfecting, but it has reopened now.

Of around 1,895 ministry healthcare workers who treated healthcare workers and have undergone testing, some 1,187 were negative while the remaining 708 are still awaiting their results.

Dr Noor Hisham advised healthcare staff to take precautionary measures such as washing their hands and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

As of yesterday, the total new confirmed infections in Malaysia stood at 172, bringing the tally to 1,796 cases. The number of cases has more than doubled in a week since the movement control order period.

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