No more quarantine for local travellers from within M'sia, says S'wak DCM

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  • Friday, 28 Aug 2020

KUCHING: All Malaysians entering Sarawak from the peninsula, Sabah or Labuan no longer need to undergo quarantine upon arrival, says Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

However, the Deputy Chief Minister said they would still need to fill in the state's e-health declaration form prior to entry.

In addition, he said, these arrivals would be screened at random for Covid-19 at the state's air, land and sea entry points.

"We are looking at randomly testing 10% of arrivals," he said at the state disaster management committee's briefing here on Friday (Aug 28).

Uggah said all those entering Sarawak from overseas would still be required to quarantine for 14 days at designated quarantine centres provided by the state government.

He said they would be tested twice for Covid-19, on the second and 10th day, of the quarantine period.

"The state government will pay the cost of quarantine accommodation and tests for Sarawakians. Non-Sarawakians will have to pay the costs themselves.

"It's important for those returning from overseas to be quarantined for 14 days as there have been imported cases in recent weeks.

"I appeal to Sarawakians coming back from overseas to bear with us so that we can curb the spread of Covid-19, including imported cases," he said.

Sarawak reported one new imported case in Bintulu on Friday, bringing the state's tally of confirmed cases to 697.

Uggah said the latest case was a Filipino man who flew from Manila to Kuala Lumpur on Aug 25 and to Bintulu the following day.

"Before travelling to Malaysia, he tested negative twice in the Philippines on Aug 18 and 23. His antigen RTK at KLIA2 on Aug 25 was also negative.

"Upon arriving in Bintulu, he was immediately brought to a quarantine centre and a PCR test on the second day returned positive on Aug 27," he said.

The man, who is asymptomatic, has been admitted to Bintulu Hospital.

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