KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 15): Telekom Malaysia Bhd has confirmed that 10 more of its employees have contracted Covid-19 since its previous announcement on Oct 11, bringing the total confirmed cases among its employees to 13 so far.

The 10 new cases are currently receiving treatment, it said in a statement today. As for the three employees who were tested positive previously, it said they have been discharged from the hospital and quarantine centre they were admitted to, and are now continuing their recovery and quarantine at home.

Following the new cases found, TM said its Covid-19 Response Team has been assisting detailed contact tracing by the MoH to identify and inform those who have had close contacts with the affected employees.

TM has also closed the affected premises for seven days to facilitate thorough disinfection and sanitisation in accordance with the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health (MoH). It has also activated work-from-home arrangements for its staff nationwide, until Oct 31.

"The newly-affected areas include Menara TM and TM Annexe 1 in Kuala Lumpur, as well as at a network node in Rawang. This is in addition to the earlier affected areas of Menara TM ONE in Damansara, Kuala Lumpur and Kepayan office in Kota Kinabalu," it said.

“The disinfection and sanitisation works at TM Annexe 1 and the network node in Rawang have been completed on Oct 14, 2020, Menara TM ONE on Oct 13, while the work at Menara TM is ongoing and expected to be completed by 5pm today. TM offices in Sabah, Kedah and other Red Zone areas had been closed much earlier as proactive precaution in correspondence to the increasing cases there recently,” TM added.

Meanwhile, TM is also providing free Covid-19 swab tests in collaboration with its panel of medical service providers for employees who may have been exposed to the virus at a temporary drive-through facility set up at Menara TM from today (Oct 15) onwards. More facilities will be set up at other locations, it said, if required.

“The sudden rise in cases amongst our Warga TM family, and indeed throughout the nation, is of worrying concern. I join the board, management and all Warga TM in praying for the speedy recovery of the affected employees, as well as for the safety, protection and health of all Malaysians during these testing times,” said its group chief executive officer Imri Mokhtar.

“As TM provides essential services for the nation, our frontliners involved in critical functions serving our wide base of customers shall continue to work, adhering to the SOP guidelines from the authorities,” he added.

There are currently over 4,700 critical function employees at TMpoints, contact centres, and field teams for service installation and restoration, who will continue to lead the front line in serving the community, businesses and Government in the Red Zones, according to Imri.

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