Mandatory home quarantine


PETALING JAYA: Those returning from Sabah to other parts of the country will be required to quarantine at home until lab results certify they are free of Covid-19, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

From today until Oct 10, screening and testing will be carried out at entry points for those arriving from Sabah, which has experienced a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said individuals would be given a letter of home surveillance order (HSO) and would have to wear a quarantine wristband.

They will also have to check in using the MySejahtera application.

“The date of the HSO will begin on arrival until the lab results have been obtained. A release of the HSO will only be given if the lab results for Covid-19 are negative,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Those taking public transport such as taxi or e-hailing will be given a letter of approval for a particular address on the day they arrive.

“If the individual displays any symptoms of respiratory tract infection within 14 days of returning, they will have to undergo another screening for Covid-19,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

There will be no charge imposed for the tests, including for non-citizens.

Dr Noor Hisham said measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 from those returning from Sabah would be reviewed from time to time based on the risk of spread of the disease.

Meanwhile, he said there were 10 positive Covid-19 cases detected among those returning from Sabah from Sept 20-25, while another 11 cases were detected among returnees yesterday.

In the past few weeks, Sabah has recorded a spike in Covid-19 cases, with the Benteng LD cluster alone reporting 776 positive cases.

Yesterday, a total of 33 new cases were detected in the cluster while 25 cases were detected in the Bangau-Bangau cluster.

Four districts in the state – Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kunak and Semporna – have been classified as red zones.

As the Sabah polls ended yesterday, many of those involved in the election are expected to return to Peninsular Malaysia.

Sabah Barisan Nasional candidate in Pitas, Sufian Abdul Karim, apologised to voters, supporters and campaign workers after he tested positive for Covid-19.

In his post on Facebook, Sufian prayed for a speedy recovery and strength to face his current challenge.

“Please take the necessary precautions and get tested,” he said.

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