No let-up on screenings at Malaysia-Singapore checkpoints


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 26 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia and Singapore will be implementing “reciprocal arrangements” to transfer symptomatic travellers detected at the entry points of each other’s country to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

The Malaysia-Singapore Joint Working Group (JWG), in its second meeting on Tuesday, said it agreed to continue the existing temperature screening procedures, and land and sea checkpoints.

The JWG meeting, which was held via video conferencing, saw both countries exchanging updates on the Covid-19 situation.

They also shared existing temperature screening procedures at land and sea check points, and discussed a set of protocols for the transfer of symptomatic travellers between Malaysia and Singapore.

“The JWG agreed to continue entry screenings by both countries, align temperature screening protocols by applying the same temperature cut off (>37.5°C) for febrile travellers, and implement reciprocal arrangements for the transfer of symptomatic travellers detected at entry screening back across land and sea checkpoints.

“The co-chairs tasked the senior officials of the JWG to coordinate the implementation of these initiatives, which would serve as a comprehensive package to increase joint border screening at checkpoints,” said the JWG in a joint statement yesterday.

The second JWG meeting was co-chaired by Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali and his Singapore counterpart Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health Dr Lam Pin Min.

The JWG also acknowledged the recent establishment of the Malaysia-Singapore Special Working Committee (SWC) on Covid-19 to discuss a joint plan to ensure a safe and sustainable movement of people, goods and services between both countries during the implementation of Malaysia’s movement control order.

“The JWG agreed to continue health discussions specific to these matters separately under the SWC,” it said.

The next meeting will be held in April.

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