Travellers from Singapore to undergo 14-day quarantine due to prevalence of Covid-19 variants


PUTRAJAYA: All travellers arriving in Malaysia from Singapore are to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine instead of the normal 10-day period, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic).

The Health director-general said this was after Singapore was included in Malaysia’s list of countries reporting the spread of Covid-19 variants of concern (VOC) in its community.

The new ruling is effective from May 13.

Dr Noor Hisham said the National Security Council, which made the decision on May 7, had also agreed that the Malaysia-Singapore Reciprocal Green Lane will be suspended.

“Travellers from Singapore who wish to enter Malaysia for business purposes will have to go through the One-Stop Centre (OSC) under the Malaysian Investment Development Agency (Mida), ” said Dr Noor Hisham in his daily Covid-19 press statement.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) had identified three VOCs - namely the B.1.351 South African variant, the B.1.1.7 variant from the United Kingdom and the B.1.1.28 variant reported in Brazil.

The council's decision followed a report by Singapore’s Health Ministry, where the three VOCs, as well as the B.1.6171 "variant of interest" from India, had been found in the community.

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