More than 50% of Covid-19 positive healthcare workers infected by colleagues

Covid-19 cases among frontliners, especially those from the public and private healthcare sectors, have increased recently.

PETALING JAYA: Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says more than half of the healthcare workers who tested positive for Covid-19 were infected by their colleagues.

Noting the recent increase in Covid-19 cases among frontliners, especially those from the public and private healthcare sectors, he said the situation was worrying because healthcare workers were the backbone of the country’s health system.

“Our investigations have shown that most of the Covid-19 cases among the health ministry’s healthcare workers were due to infections by fellow workers,” Hisham said in a statement today.

“This accounts for 53% of all cases involving healthcare workers, which means that more than half of the healthcare workers who are Covid-19 positive contracted it from other healthcare workers.”

By comparison, he said, infections from within the community were as much as 22% while infections among patients who were not aware that they were Covid-19 positive were 17%.

Noor Hisham yesterday said a new Covid-19 cluster was detected at a medical centre in Kedah, with the index case of the Sungai cluster – which currently has 39 positive cases – being a member of the centre.

The second case in the cluster was also a member of the same centre who had close contact with the index case, he said.

Reminding frontliners that “100% compliance” with guidelines and procedures was crucial at all times, Noor Hisham also noted there was a healthcare worker from the Sungai cluster who was found to have infected seven family members.

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