KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 23): Top Glove Corp Bhd has confirmed that it will temporarily shut down 28 factories in Klang, Selangor following an insurgence of Covid-19 cases among its workers.
Top Glove, the world's largest glove manufacturer, has 41 factories in Malaysia.
"With reference to the announcement by the senior minister today, Top Glove will work closely and cooperate fully with the relevant authorities to implement the temporary stoppage by stages of our manufacturing facilities in Meru, Klang," the company said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia today.
Earlier today, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that a total of 28 Top Glove factories in Klang would cease operations in stages to allow factory workers to undergo screening and mandatory quarantine in an effort to contain the spread of the virus among Top Glove employees.
According to the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Teratai cluster that is linked to Top Glove's workers reported 1,067 new Covid-19 cases today.
As of today, there are 2,524 positive cases (43.8%) that have been reported to be relating to the Teratai cluster, out of a total of 5,767 individuals who have been screened. A total of 1,330 samples are confirmed to be negative, while 1,913 are pending for results.
Based on data prepared by the MoH, the latest tally of active cases in the cluster — meaning patients who carry high transmission risks and have to be admitted to hospitals and quarantined — stood at 2,359.
"All cases linked to this cluster involve 164 Malaysians and 2,360 foreigners aged between two and 68 years.
"Most of the cases from this cluster are the factory workers in Meru, located in Klang. All positive cases were hospitalised and their close contacts were quarantined to prevent the spread of infections," said MoH director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at a media briefing today.
According to Top Glove, it has already temporarily stopped production at 16 facilities in Meru since Nov 18. Meanwhile, the other 12 facilities have been operating at much reduced capacities.
"We are committed to proceeding with the MoH's recommended Covid-19 screening test of the balance workers and staff of our factories in Meru, Klang.
"The safety and well-being of our employees and local community are of our utmost priority towards containing the situation and to flatten the Covid-19 curve," Top Glove said.