Vidyananthan: Shorter quarantine period welcome

JOHOR BARU: Johor welcomes the decision by the Health Ministry to shorten the quarantine period for Covid-19 from 14 to 10 days.

State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the decision was in line with the current Covid-19 situation in Malaysia as well as the latest clinical report from all over the world.

“Countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium have also reduced the quarantine period to 10 days while France has set the mandatory quarantine period to seven days.

“The latest clinical scientific evidence shows that the risk of post-quarantine infections reduces in accordance with the length of the quarantine period, with the rate of infection highest in the first week after exposure, ” he said here.

Vidyananthan pointed out that based on implementation of the quarantine period by other countries in the world and current clinical scientific reports, the ordered time period surveillance and observation for returning travellers from abroad as well as close contact management in Malaysia had been reduced to 10 days.

“This applies for surveillance and observation orders implemented at the gazetted quarantine centres or on site residence, taking effect from Dec 14, ” he said.

Vidyananthan also stressed that since both Malaysia and Singapore had started the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA), more than 18,000 travellers had entered Johor from the island republic.

“Until Sunday, the total number of travellers using the RGL scheme stands at 2,596 while 15,613 travellers used the PCA scheme, where three Covid-19 positive cases were recorded, ” he said, adding that there were a total of 13 active quarantine centres here.

Meanwhile, S. Aruldass, who is heading the workers bureau, said they were waiting for a clearer picture from the Health Ministry about the new ruling.

The bureau was set up by Johor MIC to help Malaysian workers in Singapore on border travel and quarantine matters.

On Monday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that arrivals from abroad and those who have had close contact with a person infected with Covid-19 will need to be quarantined for 10 days instead of 14 days.

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