Malaysians in favour of move to extend quarantine period for returnees from India to 21 days

PETALING JAYA: Many Malaysians were in favour of a move to extend the quarantine period to 21 days for those returning from India.

Following the government's announcement that it was considering whether to extend the period from the normal 14 days to 21 days, many said authorities should not hesitate to do so as the measure could stunt the growing number of local cases.

Some even suggested that the move should also be extended to returnees from every country.

“Please quarantine for 21 days. Do it before we face more serious conditions, ” said Deded Adam Deeja who commented on the announcement on The Star’s Facebook page.

Meanwhile, another reader Hemaswara Naidu said the government should immediately implement the measure and there was nothing else to consider.

Ye Pin Khooi said the measure should apply to all travellers from India returning via air or sea while Halim Ahmad thought it was better for travellers not to be let in for the time being.

On Friday (May 14), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the government will study lengthening the quarantine period to 21 days for Malaysians arriving from India after seven out of 132 people who came home from the worst-hit Covid-19 country tested positive for the virus.

The discovery affected all 92 adults and 40 children who were brought back from India on a special repatriation mission on May 12 who had to spend another week in quarantine instead of just 14 days.

"The ministry will carry out an immediate risk evaluation to determine if the 14-day mandatory quarantine period of Malaysians arriving from India should be extended to 21 days," he said.

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