Health ministry collecting data on foreign workers at barbershops, salons

Barbershops and hair salons remain closed under the conditional movement control order.

PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry says it is waiting for data on the number of foreign workers employed at salons before it proposes that the sector be reopened for business.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there is normally a great deal of contact between barbers or hairdressers and their customers.

“We need to ensure that we can prevent Covid-19 from spreading,” he told reporters during his daily briefing here today.

He added however that the ministry is fine-tuning standard operating procedures for barbers and salons.

Earlier this month, hairdressers were hoping Putrajaya would allow them to re-open in “green zones” to resume business before the movement control order (MCO) expires.

The Selangor and Federal Territories Indian Hairstylists Association said many barbers were facing financial difficulties after closing shop for about six weeks.

Meanwhile, Noor Hisham revealed that the ministry was in the midst of screening some 437 migrants currently held at the immigration depot in Kuala Lumpur.

This came after it learnt that one migrant from Myanmar had tested positive for the virus after he was deported home.

There are currently 1,437 migrants at the depot in the capital. They were detained prior to the MCO, which came into effect on March 18.

About 1,000, he said, who had been isolated had already been screened and tested.

“So now we are trying our best to screen the 437.”

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