Look at reducing quarantine period


AS a retired medical doctor, I would like to congratulate the government and Health Ministry for their tireless efforts in curbing the spread of Covid-19.

Herewith, I would like to put forth some views on behalf of a group of retired medical doctors.

Although the pandemic is a universal issue, Malaysia is tackling it pretty well. The basic principle behind preventing the spread of disease is health education. Keep reinforcing this preventive aspect and we should be able to flatten the infection curve.

We suggest that Malaysians free of Covid-19, who work outside the country and wish to return to Malaysia for the festive season, be allowed to be quarantined at home rather than in hotels. To ensure compliance, those found breaking their home quarantine should be slapped with a heavy fine.

We also suggest reducing the quarantine period down to five or seven days for those who have tested negative for Covid-19.

Yesterday, the foreign press reported that England will introduce a new system from mid-December allowing travellers into that country to take a Covid-19 test after five days of quarantine and be released from any further self-isolation if they test negative.

This is something Malaysia could look into as well. It would allow Malaysians returning home from abroad (who are Covid-19 free) to spend time with their loved ones.

In the meantime, the growing list of vaccine candidates announced in recent weeks is bringing hope to Malaysia and the entire world.

RETIRED MEDICAL DIRECTOR , Petaling Jaya

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