PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet has asked the Home Ministry to give leeway to face mask producers to hire more foreign workers to ramp up production in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Speaking to reporters after chairing a special meeting on Covid-19 at Perdana Putra here today, she said the matter will be handled by the Home and Human Resources ministries very soon.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is also National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) chairman, explained that before the new coronavirus outbreak, face masks were only used among healthcare personnel but demand skyrocketed followed the spread of Covid-19.

“Face mask producers told us that they need to operate round the clock (three shifts) to ramp up production.

“However, there will be still control on intake of foreign workers because we do not want a surge (of foreign workers) in the country,” she said.