Malaysian cops state an operation to detain numerous undocumented migrants in Kuala Lumpur on Friday aimed to lower the spread of Covid-19
They were apprehended to ensure that they did stagnate around and spread the illness, cops chief Abdul Hamid Bador informed the state news firm.
Images show large numbers of enforcement agents wearing protective suits to carry out the arrests.
The raids occurred in a part of the capital known to house immigrants.
The United Nations has urged the Malaysian authorities to launch children and vulnerable individuals from the detention camps where migrants are held.
Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch tweeted that the detentions ran the risk of intensifying the pandemic in Malaysia, both in regards to possible outbreaks inside the camps however also by making undocumented people less likely to co-operate:
Images shared by Human Rights Watch and other organisations however not validated by the BBC, obviously from the raids, reveal numerous individuals resting on the ground in close distance, surrounded by armed cops.
Malaysia has seen simply over 100 deaths from coronavirus, according to figures tracked by Johns Hopkins University.
The country remains under a partial lockdown.
Malaysia does not identify refugees and there are high levels of wonder about for those who come from abroad, frequently working as low-paid labourers.