Johor's Covid-19 low-risk quarantine centre to start operating from Feb 10

JOHOR BARU: The state's new low-risk quarantine and treatment centre (PKRC) at Pasir Gudang Indoor Stadium is expected to be fully operational on Feb 10.

State Health director Datuk Dr Aman Rabu said the PKRC was set up to accommodate the increasing number of Covid-19 patients in Johor.

He said the centre was modelled after the PKRC at the Malaysia Agro

Exposition Park (MAEPS) in Serdang.

“It has 1,200 beds with 60 to 100 frontliners involved in managing the centre.

“Only Category 1 and Category 2 patients whose house condition is not suitable for them to undergo self-isolation would be admitted to the PKRC.

"They will be screened through 13 Covid-19 Assessment Centre across the state, ” he said after the PKRC committee meeting in Pasir Gudang on Wednesday (Feb 3).

Also present were National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) operations director Datuk Hussein Omar Khan, Pasir Gudang City Council mayor Asman Shah Abdul Rahman and Johor Baru district officer Abdul Rahman Salleh.

Dr Aman said Category 3 and Category 4 patients would be placed at hospitals.

“Some of the criteria that we are looking at is whether they (Category 1 and Category 2 patients) are living with other high-risk categories such as the elderly or kids, or the house they live in has only one bathroom.

“Only local patients will be placed at the Johor PKRC while foreign patients will be sent to MAEPS, ” he added.

Meanwhile, Hussein said Nadma was currently in talks with hotels to set up a private PKRC using their premises to place foreign workers with costs being borne by their employees.

“We are also looking at setting up one more PKRC in Johor that will place Covid-19 patients involving foreign nationals, ” he added.

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