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Detained Sri Lankan tests positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia

A Sri Lankan detained at an Immigration detention centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has tested positive for COVID-19, Malaysian authorities confirmed yesterday. The individual is among 35 positive cases, identified as a cluster within the detention centre.

Malaysia reported these 35 new Coronavirus cases at the Bukit Jalil immigration detention centre after authorities rounded up undocumented migrants this month in areas under lockdown.

The centre is located in the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur where nearly 645 people are being held in one block at the centre.

“The source of infection is still under investigation. We need to investigate in detail before making any comments,” the ministry’s Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah told a daily news conference broadcast live on national television.

Noor Hisham said the 35 positive cases include 17 people from Myanmar, 15 from India and one each from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Egypt.

They were detained before Malaysia imposed movement and business curbs on March 18, aimed at containing the spread of the pandemic, and did not have any interaction with others who were detained after that, Noor Hisham said.

Malaysian authorities have detained more than 1,800 migrants in at least two raids as part of efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, raising concerns they could instead raise infection risks in overcrowded detention centres.


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