The government has announced that the public can soon enjoy watching movies, swimming and even getting massages. The Health Ministry also targeted a ‘zero Covid-19 case’ benchmark by mid-July, which is good news for everyone.
However, we need to bear in mind that the virus is still out there and that we should do as much as we can to follow safety tips to curb the spread. This is especially important to travellers coming back to Malaysia from overseas.
Since 25 June 2020, a total of 61,576 people have come back from international travels and from that number, there is a total of 610 (1.0%) confirmed Covid-19 cases.
The Health Ministry has announced that starting 10 June 2020, those who are coming back to the country, including Malaysian citizens, permanent residents and those who are allowed to fly for work purposes will be placed under quarantine at their respective homes.
According to a Facebook post by DG Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, travellers will be placed under surveillance or Home Surveillance Order (HSO) for 14 days based on the guidelines set by the Health Ministry. The supervision and observation order is under Section 15 (1) Prevention and Control Act of Infectious Disease 1988 (Act 342).
Individuals under quarantine are required to wear a surveillance command bracelet throughout the entire time of surveillance and observation orders. On the 13th day, they will need to go for a Covid-19 screening at a public or private clinic recognised by the Health Ministry.
On Day 14, they are required to attend the nearest District Health Office with a copy of the serology test report to get a release from the surveillance and observation orders as well as for the removal of the bracelet. Action will be taken towards anyone who fails to comply with the order.
The Health Ministry insists that people who have returned to Malaysia must cooperate and adhere to guidelines in order to break the Covid-19 chain.
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