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Jakarta Post

38 Indonesian undocumented migrants in Malaysia test positive for COVID-19

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 26, 2020   /   03:37 pm
38 Indonesian undocumented migrants in Malaysia test positive for COVID-19 A police officer points at a drone, which is used by the Malaysian police to remind citizens to stay at home during the movement control order due to the outbreak of COVID-19, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 24, 2020. (REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng)

The Malaysian Health Ministry has confirmed that 38 Indonesian undocumented migrants detained at three Malaysian immigration custody depots have tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier this month, Malaysian authorities arrested more than 1,300 undocumented migrants, including 421 Indonesian citizens. Authorities claimed the crackdown was a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Malaysian Health Ministry director general Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Sunday that 277 new COVID-19 cases had emerged from the Sepang, Bukit Djalil and Semenyih immigration depots.

“In general, the 277 new cases from these three clusters are not Malaysian citizens,” Noor said, as quoted by Antara news agency.

He said 53 of the cases were foreigners from Bangladesh, 41 from India, 38 from Indonesia, 37 from Myanmar, 28 from Pakistan, 17 from China, four from Cambodia, three from Nepal, two from Sri Lanka and one each from the Philippines, Libya, Egypt and Syria.

The Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur’s head of social and cultural information, Agung Cahaya Sumirat, said the embassy was monitoring developments closely, including the well-being of the infected Indonesian citizens in custody.

As of Tuesday, Malaysia had recorded 7,417 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 115 deaths.