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Fearing no replacement cleaners, hospital cleaners exposed to Covid-19 denied testing

27 Mar 2020 / 10:25 H.

PETALING JAYA: A hospital with confirmed Covid-19 infections among its healthcare staff has been accused of refusing Covid-19 tests for cleaners working in proximity to the infected staff.

The cleaners worked in the same department as the infected healthcare staff, and the refusal order was allegedly given by a supervisor. A press release further alleged that the reasoning was due to the fact that if a cleaner was found positive, she’d be forced into quarantine with no replacement.

A local union has slammed the refusal calling it a negligent act. Pointing out that these cleaners are front liners too, the union insists that they deserve to be treated similarly and receive testing.

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