Face masks no longer mandatory in public transportation and hospital, effective 5th July 2023

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KUALA LUMPUR: Effective 5th July 2023 the face masks will be non-mandatory when taking public transportation and in hospitals.

Minister of Health, Dr. Zaliha Mustafa said, the Covid-19 guidelines will be eased following the World Health Organisation’s statement on 1st May 2023 that Covid-19 is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

“However the use of face masks is still mandatory for those who are Covid-19 positive and health workers adhering to infection control practices in health facilities,” Dr. Zaliha said in a statement.

She added, using face masks by high risk individuals in crowded areas and places with bad air circulation is highly encouraged.

 On the quarantine procedure for Covid-19 positive case, Dr. Zaliha said, it has also been shortened from seven days to five days from the onset of the first symptom.

 The minister added, the declaration of Malaysia as an infected area under the Prevention of Infectious Diseases Act has been extended for another six months to 31st December though Covid-19 situation is no longer concerning.

“The extension is to ensure the enforcement of several provisions in the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.
“The Ministry will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and take immediate and appropriate action when necessary.

“The public is advised to continue taking care of personal hygiene to avoid contracting infectious diseases including Covid-19,” she said. -Malaysia World News


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