PETALING JAYA: Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin has announced that asymptomatic close contacts of Covid-19 patients who have received all three vaccine doses, will no longer have to undergo mandatory quarantine.
In a press conference, Khairy said the new ruling will take effect on March 1.
“However, these asymptomatic close contacts would need to undergo an RTK-antigen Covid-19 test on the first and third day.”
Khairy added that close contacts who show some mild symptoms will still have to undergo the mandatory five-day quarantine even if they have received the booster dose.
“Symptomatic close contacts will need to undergo an RTK-antigen test on the fifth day and can only be released from home surveillance and observation (HSO) in the event of a negative result.
“If positive, they will need to report the test results on MySejahtera. The handling of these individuals will be in accordance with existing positive case management procedures,” he said.
Khairy said the probability of a high viral load was lower among asymptomatic individuals.
He also said fully vaccinated individuals tend to have a lower viral load if infected during this Omicron wave. The viral loads will decrease for those who have received booster shots.
Khairy said those aged 18 and above, who have not been fully vaccinated and have yet to receive their booster dose, will have to self-quarantine for seven days.
He said close contacts under the age of 18, who are fully vaccinated, will need to undergo HSO whereas those not fully vaccinated will also need to self-quarantine for seven days.
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