Been to Sabah even before travel ban? Best to test for Covid-19, Health D-G tells travellers

Healthcare workers prepare to carry out Covid-19 screening for those with a recent travel history to Sabah at Selcare Clinic in Shah Alam October 4, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara
Healthcare workers prepare to carry out Covid-19 screening for those with a recent travel history to Sabah at Selcare Clinic in Shah Alam October 4, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 — Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today advised travellers to Sabah who returned before the mandatory quarantine order imposed on September 27 to go for the Covid-19 virus screening to be on the safe side.

He especially advised returnees from Sabah to be tested if they show any symptoms or had been in close physical contact with anyone who has been identified as Covid-19 positive.

“For those returning from Sabah before September 27, have symptoms or have contact with a positive patient, they must present themselves to our nearest health facilities to get tested.

“Please declare to the health facilities that they have a history of coming back from Sabah before September 27,” he said in his daily press conference on the coronavirus situation in the country.

Dr Noor Hisham also recommended those returning from Sabah prior to September 27, who are asymptomatic and did not have any close contact with any Covid-19 patient, to be screened as well.

“Those who have no symptoms and no close contact with a positive patient, we highly recommend them to come for screening,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham previously said travellers from Sabah to peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak would be subject to a compulsory Covid-19 screening from September 27 until October 10.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had also announced on October 6 that all interstate travel to and from Sabah will be banned beginning October 12 until October 25.

Malaysia today recorded 375 new cases; 271 were in Sabah alone.

The Health Ministry has also opened six new low-risk quarantine centres in Sabah in order to cope with rising Covid-19 cases in the state, said Dr Noor Hisham.

The ministry had set up a similar low-risk quarantine centre in Serdang, Selangor previously.

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