Foreign barber infected by virus came into contact with 40 people

The infected barber did not operate from his shop but gave haircuts privately, says the health ministry.

PUTRAJAYA: A Pakistani barber found to be Covid-19 positive had offered hair cutting services privately and come into contact with 40 people, the health ministry said.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said initial investigation showed the barber’s shop in the Titiwangsa area had not been operating since the movement control order (MCO) began on March 18.

“However, he has been cutting hair on private request and giving hair cutting services from house to house,” he said at his daily press briefing here today.

Noor Hisham said the Titiwangsa Health Department received notification of the barber’s infection from a private hospital on June 11.

He said the 40 close contacts are undergoing quarantine.

He said the barber had offered his hair cutting services to 15 customers until yesterday. The other 25 close contacts, including his four housemates, were identified through the barber’s mobile phone.

The barber’s employer had resumed operations on Wednesday and had taken the staff for Covid-19 screening.

Noor Hisham said concerns remain over foreign workers working in hairdressing salons and other sectors.

He said there are about 2,000 foreign workers in hairdressing salons and because of that, they must undergo swab tests before resuming work.

In addition, the salons need to comply with the SOPs to prevent any transmission of the virus.

Barbers and hairstylists were allowed to resume business yesterday under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) after being shut down since March 18.

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