Adham: Public have reporting responsibility

PUTRAJAYA: Whatever the result of your Covid-19 self-test – be it positive, negative or even invalid – the authorities must be notified via the MySejahtera app, the Health Minister has reminded Malaysians.

Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (pic) said those self-testing must report the actual result of their test.

“Whether it is positive, negative or invalid, those who do the test must be responsible.

“This is important, especially when it is a positive case.

“Please do not falsify your results. We must protect others from being infected,” he said at the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme media briefing yesterday.

Dr Adham said those with a positive test result must refer themselves either to a private health facility, Covid-19 assessment centre or health clinic.

Those with negative results but exhibit symptoms should go to a clinic for further evaluation, while those with invalid results must take the test again, he added.

Dr Adham said a flowchart on self-testing for Covid-19 would be made available to the public.

He said self-test kits were made available in the market since Wednesday and could also be used for enforcement purposes, such as screenings at the country’s international entry points as well as for interstate travel.

“These RTK-Antigen self-kits can also be used for the purpose of pre-employment or before going to work or admittance to institutes of higher learning,” he said, adding that the kits were available at pharmacies and private health facilities.

Three Covid-19 self-test kits have been approved by the ministry via the Medical Devices Authority (MDA): the Salixium Covid-19 rapid antigen test kit produced by Reszon Diagnostics International Sdn Bhd; the Gmate Covid-19 Ag saliva test kit for home use by Citymedic Sdn Bhd; and the Beright Covid-19 antigen rapid test device by Medinics (M) Sdn Bhd.

Dr Adham also said health authorities recorded 175 new clusters, of which 99 involved workplaces, over Epidemiology Week 28.

Fifty new clusters were from the community, 13 from high-risk groups, seven involved detention centres and six were from education institutions.

An average of 102,796 active cases were reported, a 36.8% increase of average active cases compared to Week 27. As at July 17, there were 905,851 cumulative Covid-19 cases.

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