Health DG: Quarantine period for overseas travellers shortened to 10 days starting Dec 14 (updated)


PETALING JAYA: The quarantine period for overseas travellers has been shortened to 10 days from 14, starting Dec 14.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the decision to shorten the quarantine period was based on the latest scientific evidence and practices in other countries.

"The monitoring and observation period for travellers from abroad, as well as close contact tracing management, will be shortened to 10 days instead of 14 days," he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said several countries have reviewed their mandatory quarantine periods and have shortened them from the initial 14 days.

He said Britain, Germany and Belgium have shortened the quarantine period to 10 days, while in France, the quarantine period lasts only seven days.

"Latest clinical scientific evidence show that the risk of post-quarantine infections reduces in accordance with the length of the quarantine period.

"The highest risk of infection is in the first week of exposure," he said.

The 14-day quarantine period was recommended after the World Health Organisation and other experts estimated that the incubation period for Covid-19 is between two and 14 days.

Studies also suggest that the average time for symptoms to appear after exposure is five days.

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