More than 1,800 returnees did not take second Covid-19 test

About 10% of those who underwent home quarantine did not undergo the Covid-19 test on the 13th day as required.

PUTRAJAYA: More than 1,800 returnees did not undergo the required Covid-19 test on the eve of their 14-day quarantine, the health ministry revealed this evening.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said to date 31,674 returnees were “persons under surveillance”.

Of that number, 18,416 have completed their two-week quarantine.

“Yet, out of this figure, 10% did not undergo the Covid-19 test on the 13th day as required,” he said in a statement.

On July 1, police said they were tracking 1,400 Malaysian returnees who had undergone home quarantine but had yet to undergo the second test.

Meanwhile, Noor Hisham said 24.8% of individuals under the home surveillance order (HSO) did not use the home assessment tool.

He said this tool was meant for individuals to assess themselves every day for the 14 days they were quarantined at home.

Noor Hisham went on to say that based on the data provided by the MySejahtera app, the number of individuals registering themselves prior to entering eateries or markets had witnessed a downward trend.

“This shows that adherence to the SOPs has gone down.”

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