KUALA LUMPUR DEC.15:- The compulsory quarantine period for Malaysian travellers who came back from overseas and close contacts to positive COVID-19 cases had been shortened from 14 to 10 days effective 14th Dec.2020.
Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the shortening of the quarantine period is in line with the latest global clinical report.
Ismail said, the United Kingdom, German and Belgium had shortened the quarantine period from 14 to 10 days while France took the compulsory quarantine for seven days.
“The Ministry of Health has found the current scientific clinical has proven that the infectivity risk after the quarantine will be lessened following the period of quarantine. The infectivity rate is at its highest on the first week after exposure.
“However for travellers who wish to come back to Malaysia, they have to do swab test three days before departure. On reaching Malaysia, they will be quarantined for seven days,” Ismail said in his daily press conference held here today.
Meanwhile Ismail said if the traveller fails to do swab test before returning to Malaysia, they will have to do it once they reach the country and if found negative, they will have to undergo compulsory quarantine for 10 days.
Asked about the case involving three Members of Parliament (MPs) wearing the personal protective equipment (PPE) were allowed to vote for the Supply Bill at the committee stage in Dewan Rakyat yesterday, Ismail said, they were allowed as it was their right to vote under the Federal Constitution.
He said, the MPs from Barisan Nasional (BN) involved were Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Adham Baba and Minister of Human Resources, Datuk Seri M. Saravanan while P.Prabakaran (PH-Batu) were allowed to attend the voting process in person as voting via online was not permitted.
Ismail said, both MPs from BN were negative from COVID-19 after their tests and they were allowed to attend the voting session and were seated in a special room and enter the Dewan Rakyat only to vote.
“The two MPS from BN were under Home Surveillance Order (HSO) as they were in close contact with a positive COVID-19 person earlier.
“This case is not new as during the Movement Control Order (MCO) when the whole country was on total lockdown, the government allowed people wearing PPE to attend the burial ceremony of their parents”, Ismail said.- Malaysia World News