Malaysia authorities confirms on Saturday that a new cluster of Coronavirus has broken out at detention centres for undocumented migrants.
On Saturday Malaysia reported 48 new Coronavirus cases out of which 21 cases were identified at the Semenyih detention center near the country capital Kuala Lumpur, houses for around 1,600 detainees.
Malaysia’s authorities this month detain more than 2,000 foreigners for not having required documents. The detention centres are often crowded with dozens of migrants packed in a single cell, as reported by Reuters.
In recent weeks, there has been public anger towards refugees and other foreigners, who have been accused of spreading disease.
Earlier this week at Bukit Jalil center, around 60 person among 1,600 detainees tested positive for Coronavirus.
The ministry’s Director-General, Noor Hisham Abdullah, said the source of infections at the centers had not been identified.
The migrants were screened before their arrests, but the virus may not have been detected during the incubation period, he said.
As of now Malaysia reported 7,185 coronavirus cases out of which 5,912 have been recovered successfully. The death toll stands at 115.