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23 Nov 2020

Syafiqah Salim, The Edge Markets

Malaysia: Gov’t moves to close 28 Top Glove factories as COVID-19 infections linked to operations reach 2,524

“Covid-19: Teratai cluster linked to Top Glove workers has positive rate of 43.8%, 1,067 new confirmed cases today”, 23 November 2020

The Teratai cluster, which is linked to the world's largest glove manufacturer Top Glove Corp Bhd, recorded 1,067 new confirmed Covid-19 cases today, pushing the tally of infections in the cluster to 2,524.

Based on data prepared by the Ministry of Health (MOH), the latest tally of active cases in the cluster … stood at 2,359.

"All cases linked to this cluster involve 164 Malaysians and 2,360 foreigners aged between two and 68 years.

… Top Glove factory management has taken a few initiatives to isolate its workers who have been identified as close contacts in certain quarantine places.

[Health Director General] Dr Noor Hisham said he welcomed the decision of the government earlier to close Top Glove's 28 factories in stages, as announced by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today.

Top Glove workers' dormitories in Klang are currently under the enforcement of Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) until Nov 30.

Malaysia's new Covid-19 cases hit a new record high of 1,884 cases, seeing Selangor as the biggest contributor with 1,203 cases.

Most of the cases in Selangor were contributed by the Teratai cluster, followed by the Damanlela cluster in Kuala Lumpur which recorded 105 cases. These two clusters are linked to the workplace.

Malaysia's current total cases swelled to 56,650.