Coronavirus: Malaysia to move migrant workers to hotels; Japanese doctors warn of long-lasting aftereffects | South China Morning Post
Workers wearing personal protective equipment leave after burying a victim of the coronavirus disease at a Muslim cemetery in Gombak, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: AP Workers wearing personal protective equipment leave after burying a victim of the coronavirus disease at a Muslim cemetery in Gombak, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia’sgovernment has kicked off a plan to temporarily house migrant workers in near-empty hotels across the nation to tackle the worsening spread of Covid-19 cases due to workplace clusters.
Malaysia’s Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry said in a statement that the programme will help curb the virus outbreak and indirectly assist hotel operators hurt by the pandemic.“The initiative is the best alternative at the moment,” the ministry said. The plan is a collaboration between the ministry and the Department of Manpower of the Ministry of Human Resources, it said.Overcrowded conditions in employee dormitories have been a key source of infections, spurring record cases and pressuring Malaysia’s health system. The nation has more than 1.5 million documented migrant workers, 91 per cent of whom live in accommodation that does not meet minimum housing standards, according to the Ministry of Human Resources.The government’s plan also provides a lifeline for the tourism industry. More than 100 hotels have closed since the outbreak began almost a year ago, according to a statement by the Malaysian Association of Hotels.