EMCO on Top Glove worker dormitories in Klang extended for two weeks to Dec 14

EMCO on Top Glove worker dormitories in Klang extended for two weeks to Dec 14
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KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 30): The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at Top Glove Corp Bhd's worker dormitories in Meru, Klang has been extended for 14 days from tomorrow until Dec 14.

The EMCO, first imposed for two weeks starting from Nov 17, was initially scheduled to end today.

Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision to extend the EMCO was made due to the persistent high rate of positive Covid-19 cases among the workers there.

"The risk assessment by the Ministry of Health (MoH) found that the positive rate in this area is still high whereby there are still new positive cases detected among employees through the second screening tests.

"Besides that, the MoH found that the negative cases in this cluster are still at risk and a second screening test is underway," he said today during his daily press briefing.

Ismail said all Top Glove workers involved in the cluster will be issued Home Surveillance Order (HSO) for 14 days, and will wear wristbands for surveillance, have daily health checks, and undergo a repeat Covid-19 test on the 13th day of their HSO.

Those who are required to be under quarantine will not be allowed to work until their screening test results come out negative and the HSO release given.

He added that all costs for the workers' Covid-19 screening, quarantine facilities and related food, transport and accommodation costs will be borne by their employer, Top Glove.

The MoH has so far screened 5,805 of Top Glove's workers and found 3,406 of them to be positive for Covid-19.

Top Glove, which has also had to temporarily close 28 of its factories in Klang amid the spike of infections among its workers there, had previously estimated that a three-week closure would result in a 3% drop in its annual revenue. The 28 factories represent about 50% of its production capacity.

"A year has 52 weeks and a two-week 50% impact on production means one week's worth of [full production halt] impact. One week out of 52 weeks is only 2% [out of total revenue for the year]. So, [three weeks of EMCO] is 3% — that is how we estimate," Top Glove chairman Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai was quoted as saying last week.

Tan Choe Choe