Random Covid-19 tests for Malaysians arriving in Sarawak

Sarawak disaster management chairman Douglas Uggah Embas at a press conference in Kota Kinabalu today.

KUCHING: Sarawak has allowed spa, wellness and reflexology services to resume operations starting today, and announced random Covid-19 testing of Malaysians and foreign residents arriving in the state.

Sarawak disaster management chairman Douglas Uggah Embas said procedures had been drawn up for medical tourism, meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions, travel and trade fairs, marts, bazaars, arts and culture carnivals.

The random Covid-19 tests would be conducted on all Malaysians arriving in Sarawak from the peninsula, Sabah and Labuan. It also applies to foreigners who are resident in Malaysia.

Arrivals from overseas must undergo 14 days quarantine at their final destination in Sarawak.

“PCR tests will be held after the second day of their return,” he said. “If they tested negative for the Covid-19 virus, they will be given wristbands and will be allowed to return home and complete their remaining quarantine period there.”

Another PCR test would carried out after the 10th day of their return.

Uggah also said a Covid-19 case was reported in Bintulu: a female student who had returned from the UK on July 3. She had been placed in quarantine.

He said three people had been discharged from Bintulu Hospital today, bringing the total number of patients who recovered from the virus to 549. Sarawak’s death toll from the virus stands at 17.

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