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Report: 145 foreign construction workers go 'into hiding' after Covid-19 swab test

KUALA LUMPUR (May 6): A large group of foreign construction workers went “into hiding” after swab tests were carried out on such workers who had come into contact with infected staff at the Pavilion Embassy construction site, reported Free Malaysia Today (FMT).

“They escaped after the medical team took the swabs and while the police were on their way to cordon off the area,” a source he told FMT.

The same source also revealed that 145 “workers escaped from the site” but 11 were later detained.

Details of the workers were reportedly taken before they took the swab tests and the authorities are now using the information to track the rest down.

Meanwhile, National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) has confirmed with Malaysiakini that six foreigners under Covid-19 investigation have fled a quarantine station here two days ago.

"At 5.34pm on May 4, the Health Ministry lodged a police report on a case where four Indonesian nationals and two Bangladeshis had fled from the quarantine station at the Institute of Teacher Education Malaysia: International Languages Campus in Jalan Pantai Endah, Kuala Lumpur.

"Security control at quarantine stations are under the responsibility of the police and coordinated by the state and district disaster management committees. Nadma is confident that the police have carried out all security measures as per the standard operating procedure that has been set.

"However, despite security measures in place, an investigation revealed that the persons under investigation (PUI) escaped by climbing a fence behind Block 1 and 4 (at the premises) which were not installed with barbed wires," a Nadma spokesperson told the news portal.

It was reported that there were a total of 242 PUIs at the quarantine station when the incident happened.

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