Health Ministry: Asymptomatic Covid-19 patients may be treated at home if quarantine centres are full

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry may allow asymptomatic Covid-19 patients to be treated at home in the event its quarantine and low-risk treatment centres reach maximum capacity.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said they were considering such a move but this would solely be for those who do not show any symptoms.

"We admitted them into hospitals to isolate them. If we want them to be at home, we have to make sure there is ample space for them," he said during a press conference on Facebook Live on Saturday (Oct 24).

Dr Noor Hisham said this had not been implemented in Malaysia yet but other countries had done so.

"We are only considering it if we really need it – but right now we do not," he said.

On Thursday (Oct 22), Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun had said that Covid-19 patients with manageable symptoms would be treated at home to manage the rising number of cases in the state.

However, Dr Noor Hisham clarified that those who are being treated at home right now are those who have taken the Covid-19 test but have not received their results yet.

"Initially there was a backlog in terms of getting their test results. For example, those being treated at home would have taken the test but the results come back three to four days later.

"We advised them to stay home until they got their results. After they got their results on the fifth day, we then brought them to the hospital," he said.

He said that this would reduce a patient's time in the hospital from 14 days to only 10.

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