'Sabah students can return and self quarantine at home if swab test is negative'

  • Nation
  • Monday, 18 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Sabah tertiary students returning from the peninsula will no longer need to be quarantined at the designated stations if they tested negative before they flew back, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the Sabah government, Health Ministry and Higher Education Ministry have reached an agreement to resolve the issue of Sabah tertiary students who are still stranded on university campuses in Peninsular Malaysia because quarantine stations in Sabah are full.

“They could not be quarantined in Sabah due to lack of space in quarantine stations there.

“The Health Ministry, Higher Education Ministry and the Sabah state government have decided that as the students have been contained within the campuses without any symptoms for the past one month, the campus is considered a green zone.

“Before they leave for Sabah, it was agreed that the students will take a swab test and if the results are negative, they will be allowed to return to their home states.

“If the result is positive, they will be admitted to hospital.

“This will allow the students from the peninsula to return to Sabah and self-quarantine themselves in their own homes, ” said Ismail in his daily briefing on the conditional movement control order (MCO) on Monday (May 18).

Earlier, Sabah Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob said that the return of Sabah tertiary students from Peninsular Malaysia would be rescheduled as quarantine stations in the state could not cope with the big number of returnees.

“There are too many returning – 6,796 students – and we expect overcrowding at government quarantine stations.

“The existing stations cannot afford to house that many at one time, ” said Yusof.

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