Prior to 1 April, seeing how the pandemic affected the country, SOCSO had processed claims involving COVID-19 as an 'occupational disaster', instead of an occupational disease per what the standard operating procedures should state, it added.
According to the statement, benefit claim applications by IPs that were confirmed positive for Covid-19 before April 1 will be processed as occupational disasters.
As for the results of Covid-19 tests under the PSP aid programme, it is confidential and to be known only by the employee, the lab, Socso and to be notified to the Health Ministry according to the guidelines fixed, but employees can disclose the results to their employers.
Awang said that, so far, the outreach programme had been implemented in several areas in the Pendang district, namely in Kampung Bukit Tegur, Keda Lahar Tunjung, Keda Asam Jawa and Keda Tanjung Setul.
Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Awang Hashim said that of the total, more than RM10mil was paid to 13,170 local workers, while over RM1mil was paid to 1,866 foreign workers.
The programme, organised by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health NCOSH together with the Pendang District Health Ofice, was also attended by Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M.
Employers should, said the group, be legally bound to provide a safe environment, including safety from infection via human to human contact at the workplace from diseases like COVID-19.
Employees who contract the virus at work are also eligible to medical aid for 30 days.