Covid-19 reporting to MySejahtera no longer required, says Health Ministry

PETALING JAYA: Covid-19 positive individuals will no longer be required to report their Covid-19 self-test results to MySejahtera.

This follows the Health Ministry’s review of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and guidelines on Living with Covid-19.

"Covid-19 positive individuals will be treated the same way as any other respiratory infections and will no longer be given the Home Surveillance Order (HSO)," the ministry said in a statement on Thursday (June 27).

The Health Ministry advised individuals to exercise social responsibility by remaining at home when they test positive, observing public health precautionary measures, and avoiding close interactions with others if they must go out. Individuals should also seek treatment if symptoms worsen.

"Medical certificates and hospital referrals will be given based on the evaluation of a medical officer," it said.

Those who are close contacts of a Covid-19 positive patient must monitor their symptoms and health.

Covid-19 positive individuals must also wear a face mask, reduce interactions, and avoid crowded spaces.

Those who experience respiratory symptoms must also wear a mask while in healthcare facilities, crowded places, or spaces with poor ventilation.

Similarly, healthcare workers are required to wear a face mask in healthcare facilities and when dealing with patients.

The revised order on the HSO and face mask requirement will come into effect on July 15.

"Just like other countries in the world, Malaysia has been facing the Covid-19 pandemic since 2020. After more than four years of facing the pandemic with several measures to contain it, the country is now in a good position and is ready to move to the Living with Covid-19 phase," the ministry said.

The ministry will continue to monitor the latest Covid-19 situation globally and in Malaysia. The Heightened Alert System (HAS), used to monitor the Covid-19 situation from the early stage of the pandemic, is still in use.

The number of infections dropped 77.9% to 3,810 last week compared to 17,256 in the first week of the year.

No new variants have been detected in Malaysia. The variants currently found in Malaysia are the Omicron and its sub-variants.

The three indicators monitored under HAS are new cases, deaths, and hospitalisation.

The ministry added that Covid-19 cases are expected to rise from time to time and the public is encouraged to live with Covid-19 by adapting preventive measures.

These include maintaining hand hygiene through handwashing and sanitising and wearing a mask when symptomatic in confined and crowded places.

High-risk individuals, such as senior citizens and those with health conditions, are encouraged to take an additional booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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