Covid-19: Quarantine for foreigners, close contact shortened to 10 days

Malaysia recorded 1,229 new cases yesterday, bringing the total positive cases in the country to 83,475


THE quarantine period for international travellers entering Malaysia has been shortened to 10 days from 14 days previously, effective today.

The decision was made following reviews and changes made by other countries in their quarantine period.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the same rule also applies to those found in close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.

The UK, Germany and Belgium have reduced their quarantine period to 10 days from 14 days, while France reduced the self-isolation period to seven days in September.

“Therefore, based on the quarantine period enforced by other countries and current clinical scientific reports, the supervision and observation period for travellers returning from abroad as well as close contact in Malaysia will be reduced from 14 days to 10 days.

“It applies to observation orders enforced at gazetted quarantine centres or residentials. This change will be enforced on Dec 14, 2020,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement yesterday.

Malaysia recorded 1,229 new cases yesterday, bringing the total positive cases in the country to 83,475. Of the total, two cases were imported, while the remaining 1,227 were locally transmitted.

To date, there are 13,667 active cases in the country.

Selangor continued to record the highest number of daily increase at 435 cases or 35.4%, followed by Sabah with 333 cases and Kuala Lumpur (KL) 131 cases.

This was followed by Perak (105), Johor (103), Negri Sembilan (29), Pahang (28), Penang (26), Kedah (13), Terengganu (12), Melaka (7), Labuan (6) and Perlis (1), while no new daily cases for Putrajaya, Kelantan and Sarawak.

A total of 1,309 recoveries were recorded yesterday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 69,393 or 83.1% of the total cases.

There were 115 cases placed in intensive care unit, with 65 of them requiring respiratory support.

Four new deaths were reported yesterday, which brought the country’s overall death toll to 415 or 0.5% of total cases.

Two of the deceased were from Selangor aged 29 and 44, while the other two were from Negri Sembilan and Kelantan aged 60 and 83 respectively.

Six new clusters were detected in the country yesterday — namely Hujung Pasir cluster in Labuan, Lestari cluster in Selangor and KL, Desa Idaman cluster in Johor, Bina Rimbun site cluster in Negri Sembilan, Tanjung Suria cluster in Selangor and Kuala cluster in Pahang.

Meanwhile, the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) enforced at Kampung Numbak and Telipok settlement in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, ended yesterday.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Ministry of Health (MoH) conducted 6,776 screenings at both localities as of Dec 10, and 175 cumulative Covid cases were recorded in Kampung Numbak, while Telipok settlement recorded 224 cases.

“However, the MoH verified that active cases in both localities are showing a declining trend,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The EMCO at Zon A, Taman Klebang Jaya and Taman Pinji Mewah in Ipoh, Perak, will be lifted today, except for the Yamaha factory workers’ dorm which will have to undergo an extension of the EMCO for another seven days, effective Dec 15 until Dec 21.

“Besides, the Conditional MCO (CMCO) in the whole of Kinta district will end on Dec 14 except for Ipoh and Chemor in Hulu Kinta, which will still be under CMCO until Dec 20, 2020,” he said yesterday.