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Covid-19: More than 160 migrant workers test positive after checking into Seri Kembangan hotel

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 17): More than 160 migrant workers of a manufacturing factory were found to be Covid-19 positive after checking into a budget hotel in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, for quarantine since last Friday, Country Heights Holdings Bhd founder Lee Kim Yew (pictured) told Malaysiakini.

Lee revealed that out of the 200 migrant workers who were transported by the manufacturer from a Covid-19 red zone in Klang, 31 were found to be infected by the disease on Nov 14, one day after they checked into the hotel. Another 132 were Covid-19 positive, he told the news portal.

The hotel is located near The Mines Shopping Mall which was developed by Lee.

Lee said he is concerned about the welfare of the migrant workers and the safety of the surrounding community.

"The staff were tested positive last Saturday but they were only sent off on Sunday night. As of this afternoon, the building is still not sealed and the convenience store, which is located on the downstairs of the hotel, is still operating.

"I am concerned about the safety of the public and residents as the migrant workers were seen buying stuff at the convenience store," Lee told Malaysiakini.

"There were poor precautionary measures being carried to protect the migrant workers, as the majority of them have been infected.

”This is very serious and the virus is highly contagious. It was not right for the manufacturer to send their infected staff here. You simply cannot transfer your staff from a red zone (to a green zone) knowing they have been infected," Lee explained. 

In an update to the story, a factory spokesperson told Malaysiakini that the hotel was being used as the quarantine centre for patients under investigation (PUI) for the factory.

"We wish to clarify that all Covid-19 positive cases are sent to government hospitals, while PUIs are sent to quarantine centres as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health," said the spokesperson.

As for Lee's claim that 160 workers were infected, the spokesperson said those found to be Covid-19 positive have been sent for treatment.

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