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PUTRAJAYA: Cramped living spaces and poor hygiene have been identified as the causes of COVID-19 infection among foreign workers, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the confined spaces resulted in no room for social distancing among the workers.

Hence, he said, employers were responsible for educating their workers on good hygiene practices and COVID-19 preventive measures.

“Employers must also ensure that preventive measures are not only practised at workplaces but at their living quarters as well in a bid to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

“The SOP (standard operating procedure) compliance at work will mean nothing if employers are not proactive in ensuring preventive measures are also practised by their workers at their accommodation,” he said at the daily briefing on COVID-19 today.

Dr Noor Hisham reminded employers to make sure similar SOP compliance was practised at both construction sites and workers’ accommodation.

“Make sure the beds or sleeping area are separated by at least one or two metres from one another and avoid preparing food in groups.

“Avoid dining in large groups and make sure the entertainment area or the living space is not crowded with people,” he said.

— BERNAMA



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