Poh Huat Resources Holdings Berhad said today that it was suspending the operations of subsidiary Poh Huat Furniture Industries (PHFI) Sdn Bhd that discovered 543 workers infected with Covid-19.
In its filing to Bursa Malaysia today, the firm said PHFI conducted a voluntary Covid-19 screening of its entire workforce on January 21 at all its factories in the Bukit Pasir Industrial Area in Muar, as a precaution against the worsening pandemic.
“The screening exercise which covered approximately 1,400 employees of all the plant premises and corporate offices of these subsidiaries in Bukit Pasir, Muar, Johor, revealed that 543 of employees have tested positive for Covid-19.
The Pandan wholesale market near Kangkar Tebrau, here will be closed for seven days beginning today to allow sanitisation work to be carried out at the market.
Johor State Health director Datuk Dr Aman Rabu when contacted by Bernama confirmed the closure, which will last till Jan 31, and informed that the notice to close the premises was issued by the Health Ministry (MOH) this morning.
He said the market would reopen after sanitisation work is completed in accordance with the scheduled date.
The Johor State Health Department is currently in the process of setting up 12 more Covid-19 Assessment Centres (CAC) to meet the needs of patients tested positive but have yet to be hospitalised.
State Environment and Health Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the centres were needed for patients to seek medical advice and pre-evaluation and so far there is only one CAC available in the state at Bukit Indah Health Clinic.
“Since the set-up of this CAC on January 10 until yesterday (January 19), a total of 1,876 patients have been referred to the centre and of the number, only 96 patients required hospitalisation,” he said in a statement today.
The enhanced movement control order for two localities in Johor will be extended from Jan 16 to 29 as there is still a high number of active cases, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).
The localities are Kejora Juara workers hostel in Muar and Westlite workers hostel in Senai.
Ismail Sabri said that the National Security Council, in a special meeting, had agreed to extend the enhanced MCO for the Kejora Juara workers' hostel as there are still 1,404 active cases there.
The enhanced movement control order (MCO) imposed at the Westlife workers hostel in Tampoi Jaya industrial park in Johor Baru have been extended until Jan 22.
Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the enhanced MCO at the hostel was initially slated to end on Friday (Jan 8), but the Health Ministry confirmed that the rate of Covid-19 infection there is still high.
The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be enforced at the Westlite workers’ dormitory in Taman Perindustrian Tampoi Jaya, Johor Baru beginning tomorrow till Jan 8 next year.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the EMCO enforcement follows the sudden rise in positive Covid-19 cases detected by the Health Ministry (MOH) at the workers’ dormitory.
Puspakom’s Johor Baru branch has been closed temporarily beginning Sunday Dec 13) after one of its staff tested positive for Covid-19.
Puspakom said in a statement that they would inform the public when the branch would reopen at a later date.
Meanwhile the affected staff had been quarantined at a government hospital here.
A group of Orang Asli from Johor have fled into the surrounding forests for fear of Covid-19 after a religious teacher in their village was suspected of being infected.
Berita Harian reported that authorities had started searching for the 15 families or 40 people from Kampung Orang Asli Simpang Arang in Iskandar Puteri following their disappearance two days earlier.
A total of 111 police personnel from the Iskandar Puteri district police headquarters and their families have been put on a two-week quarantine since last Monday following exposure to a Covid-19 positive case, the Johor police chief confirmed today.
Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said 36 officers, 71 other personnel, one civil servant and three family members are under home quarantine pending their Covid-19 swab test results.
PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) today confirmed that one of its employees at the Sedenak Toll Plaza in Johor tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday.
As a result, Sedenak Toll Plaza has been temporarily closed for six hours, starting from noon today, to facilitate thorough sanitisation work. In a statement today, PLUS confirmed that the employee, a customer service assistant, is now undergoing treatment at a hospital.
Johor saw an increase of 15 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, including the emergence of a new cluster, called the Kobena Cluster.
Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the latest figure brings the total number of Covid-19 cases reported in the state to 1,100.
He said of the total, 946 cases or 86 per cent had recovered.