All those returning from Sabah must undergo 14-day home quarantine, says Health DG

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  • Tuesday, 13 Oct 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Those returning from Sabah must undergo the full 14-day home quarantine even if they test negative for Covid-19, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said this was because the number of cases involving Sabah returnees continued to rise despite the Health Ministry’s plea for self-isolation.

“Even though the Health Ministry has screened individuals who had arrived from Sabah from Sept 27 and issued the Home Surveillance Order (HSO) to them until their tests show negative, new cases and Covid-19 clusters related to this group continue to rise.

“To solve this issue, and also considering the rise in Sabah cases, all arrivals from the state must be screened for Covid-19 and put under HSO for 14 days from their arrival date.

“They must put on a wristband and must self-regulate using the Home Assessment Tool in the MySejahtera app, ” said Dr Noor Hisham at a press conference from home quarantine.

Previously, returnees from Sabah who were asymptomatic and have had no close contact with any Covid-19 positive cases can be free from quarantine once they test negative for the virus.

However, those who test negative but are close contacts of Covid-19 patients or have symptoms have to undergo quarantine.

Dr Noor Hisham said up to Monday (Oct 12), 394 Covid-19 cases in the country are attributed to individuals with recent travel history to Sabah since Sept 22.

In the same period, a total of 18,748 individuals who had returned from Sabah have been screened for Covid-19.

“Out of the total 394 cases, 228 or 57.9% involve individuals who had travelled to Sabah before Sept 27.

“The remaining 166 cases or 42.1% are those who returned after Sept 27, ” he said.

He also said up till Tuesday (Oct 13), 23 of the Covid-19 clusters in the country originate from index cases who had travelled to Sabah recently.

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