Covid-19: Police to track down overseas returnees who refuse to undergo second screening

PUTRAJAYA (July 1): Police will be mobilised to track down individuals who refuse to undergo a second screening on the 13th day of their home quarantine after returning from overseas, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said action could be taken against those found to have violated the home supervision and observation order under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

“Although they are allowed to be quarantined at home, there are standard operating procedures (SOPs) which they must adhere to. On the 13th day, they must undergo a second screening, and if found to be Covid-19 negative, then we will remove their (QR-coded tracking) wristband.

“We will send the police to look for those who are stubborn. (Up to them) whether they want to wait for the police to come or go to the clinic for a second screening,” he told a press conference on the latest development on the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) today. 

On Monday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported that a total of 1,472 people on home quarantine had yet to undergo the COVID-19 test on the 13th day.

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