Foreign workers might get tested for Covid-19

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: Sarawak is currently considering screening foreign workers for Covid-19.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said so far, there was no condition that foreign workers at construction sites or plantations must be tested because private testing was very limited.

“However, we are studying the matter. For instance in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, there are potential Covid-19 clusters that can give rise new groups of victims,” he said during his daily Covid-19 press conference at the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building on Tuesday (June 9).

He was responding to questions on whether foreign workers assigned to a construction site at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) had their swab samples taken.

Uggah also said various agencies had also closely monitored their standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure they were strictly complied with before going operational.

“These sectors were asked to notify the relevant authority regarding how they would practise social distancing and implement various health measures such as taking of body temperatures and wearing of face masks,” he said.

“These are all in place. So as we move forward, we will look into how to manage our operation,” said Uggah.