Mandatory Covid-19 screening for those returning from Sabah

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said screening was necessary to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 by individuals with a travel history to Sabah.

PETALING JAYA: Those returning home from Sabah after the polls have been ordered to undergo Covid-19 screening at entry points.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said taking into account the current situation, there is a need to implement measures to prevent and control the transmission of Covid-19 infection by individuals with a travel history to Sabah.

From Sept 27 to Oct 10, screening will be carried out on all individuals arriving from Sabah.

These travellers are also required to undergo home quarantine for two weeks to ensure they are free of the virus.

He said those who complete their quarantine will be given a “home release order” if the Covid-19 test showed a negative result.

“If anyone experiences respiratory symptoms within the 14 days after returning home, they must undergo another test for Covid-19,” he said, adding that those returning from Sabah are exempted from paying for the Covid-19 test fees.

He also said a permission letter will be issued for individuals who use public transportation, such as taxis or Grab to return home.

This decision to carry out tests and quarantine was made after an increase in the number of active cases reported from those returning from Sabah.

“Eleven new cases reported in the peninsula today were from those returning from Sabah,” Noor Hisham said, adding that 10 active cases were reported between Sept 20 and 25.