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Less than 10% of Selangor cases linked to workplace, health ministry figures show

This appears to contradict claims by the Selangor MB that the majority of cases are workplace-related.

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Workplaces contributed less than 10% of Covid-19 cases in Selangor, based on the daily breakdown of statistics announced by health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

A quick check of figures from the last week, as well as of today, showed that cases originating from workplaces in Selangor were negligible compared to community clusters.

A sample of figures from June 24 showed that out of a total of 18,588 cases in the past eight days, there were only 1,416 new cases from workplaces – about 7.6% of the total cases.

Despite this, Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari reportedly claimed that 91% of the total number of clusters in Selangor were workplace-related.

This was followed by images which went viral on social media, suggesting that Noor Hisham had endorsed Amirudin’s claim.

Noor Hisham has yet to respond to MalaysiaNow’s request for clarification.

Authorities today announced an enhanced movement control order in close to 50 areas in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, as daily cases showed no sign of abating after one month of lockdown.

Selangor has been recording the highest rate of infection each day, causing some to question if the state has caused inconvenience to other states with low infections due to the nationwide lockdown which came into effect early last month.

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