Minho's paper manufacturing unit finds 21 workers infected with Covid-19

Minho's paper manufacturing unit finds 21 workers infected with Covid-19
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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 5): Logger and timber products manufacturer Minho (M) Bhd announced today that its paper manufacturing subsidiary temporarily halted operations for four days after 21 workers at its premises tested positive for Covid-19 on Dec 31, 2020.

In a bourse filing, the group said the infections were detected after the subsidiary, Indah Paper Industries Sdn Bhd (IPI), completed a full screening of its 96 workers for the coronavirus. Subsequently, IPI halted operations from Jan 1 to Jan 4 for cleaning and disinfection, while those affected were isolated at a designated quarantine centre.

"Disruption to production is minimal as the infection source was contained and operations will resume after full sanitation.  

"Notwithstanding the above, Minho will continue to adhere to strict Covid-19 preventive measures, and closely cooperate with the MOH (Ministry of Health) and relevant authorities to enhance our group's Covid-19 preventive standard operating procedures for all our operating premises to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees," the group added.

The announcement today came a week after the group reported that five workers had been confirmed positive for Covid-19, after it conducted a mass screening exercise on Dec 26, 2020. The screening at the time was done on 394 employees, comprising local and foreign workers, at its subsidiary Syarikat Minho Kilning Sdn Bhd.

Shares in Minho closed unchanged at 33.5 sen today, valuing it at RM115.21 million. It saw 310,800 shares done.

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