All international entry points being monitored

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020

PETALING JAYA: All 64 international points of entry into Malaysia such as ports, airports and land-based entry points are being monitored to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, says the Health Ministry.

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that monitoring at the entry points was being conducted in three ways; thermal imaging scans, referrals from the Immigration Department and through information buntings.

“At this time, there are 54 thermal scanners at several main international ports of entry. Any traveller found with a fever will be checked by paramedics for confirmation.

“Any travel history to China in the last two weeks will be obtained and if a traveller has been confirmed as a ‘Patient-Under-Investigation (PUI), they will be referred to the hospital for further treatment,” he said in a statement yesterday.

PUIs will also be transported in special ambulances under escort by professionals.

“For those that do not fit the criteria of a PUI, they will be given a Home Assessment Tool and be placed under home surveillance for 14 days.

“Those that show no symptom will be given a Health Alert Card and will be advised to seek treatment if they start having fever or difficulty in breathing within 14 days of their arrival. They should bring these cards to medical officers when seeking treatment,” he added.

For maritime ports, he said all ships from China would be given a quarantine status until the Health Ministry conducts tests on the vessels.

Offloading of goods and disembarkation of crew and passengers will be allowed if tests show they are healthy and their ship cleanliness documents are still valid.

Dzulkefly said as of now, the lab results of three PUIs – all of them Chinese citizens – are still pending.

“Out of all 65 cases of PUIs, one tested positive for the virus as announced before this. A total of 61 PUIs have tested negative.

“The three patients who are related to the patient in Singapore that was tested positive are still being treated at the isolation ward and they are in stable condition,” he added.

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