M’sia, S’pore to discuss intensifying cross-border exit screenings to curb Covid-19 spread


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia and Singapore will discuss intensifying exit screenings at their shared borders to curb the Covid-19 spread, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

He said the discussions would be held by the joint working group announced by their respective Health Ministries previously and added that the group is expected to meet next week to frame out the specific steps to increase exit screenings at the causeway linking both nations.

“My Singaporean counterpart and I have announced the formation of this group, where my deputy is a joint chairman (in the committee).

“Besides exchanging views and information on how to manage treatments (for Covid-19) and such, more importantly they are looking at how to increase exit screenings there," said Dr Dzulkefly.

He said that over 400,000 people use the Johor-Singapore causeway daily, and added that this would make screenings a challenge for both governments.

Dr Dzulkefly added that exit screenings are being done by both Malaysia and Singapore.

He said this when speaking to reporters after attending the Semporna parliament level Kampungku Sihat programme at Kampung Selinggit on Saturday (Feb 22).

Dzulkefly also said that there are now five thermal scanners at Johor entry points.

“In general, we have increased thermal scanners at all international gateways (including via sea) across the country, from 54 to 80 thermal scanners, ” he added.

Meanwhile, Sabah Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Frankie Poon Ming Fung assured that there were no arising issues from thermal screenings at every entry points to Sabah.

He said workers from China who returned to the state before this have been tested and home-quarantined.

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