Malaysia detects one positive case from land VTL

A positive case of COVID-19 was detected at the Malaysian causeway on the first day of the land vaccinated travel lane (VTL) between Malaysia and Singapore, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

In a Bernama report, he said the information was received this morning from the Johor Causeway international entrance, detected via the RTK-Antigen test during the screening test upon arrival.

“This matter is being checked through RT-PCR verification tests. We want to test through RT-PCR to confirm the test results made through RTK-Antigen, ” he said at a press conference at the National Health Institute here today.

He said the Johor Bahru District Health Office (PKD) is currently conducting a risk assessment on bus passengers who were positively detected with the individual to determine whether they are required to be quarantined.

“This is an example of how pre-arrival screening tests and screening on arrival are preventive measures that we need to have. It does not mean that we have to cancel VTL because of one (positive) case,” he was quoted as saying.

“There will be positive cases, but what is important is in terms of our diagnostic capabilities and needs as well as the risk assessment made by PKD when such cases occur,” he said.

Khairy said today was an important day for Malaysia and Singapore, the closest neighbours to the two countries to open the border safely.

“Later in the evening when we have more information, we will issue a statement on the status of the VTL,” he said. –TMR