Travellers to Sabah returning before Sept 27 and showing symptoms must undergo Covid-19 screening

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 15): Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said travellers to Sabah who returned before Sept 27 and displayed COVID-19 symptoms are required to undergo screening.  

Those who returned from the State between Sept 20 and 26 but did not show any symptoms are also encouraged to undergo screening, Dr Noor Hisham told a virtual media briefing yesterday.  

He added that travellers who returned from Sabah after Sept 27 would have been screened at the international and domestic borders.  

"Those who are positive will be admitted to the hospital, while those who test negative need to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

"For those who did not show any symptoms, we advise them to observe self-quarantine," said Dr Noor Hisham.  

He added that from Oct 11 onwards, those who arrive from Sabah must undergo a swab test under the Home Surveillance Order, and must wear a wristband for 14 days.  

Dr Noor Hisham said the Conditional Movement Control Order has been imposed in the whole of Sabah due to the spike in the number of COVID-19 cases there.  

Yesterday, Sabah recorded 429 cases, bringing the State’s tally to 5,493 - the highest among all States and territories, and ahead of Selangor (2,814 cases), Kuala Lumpur (2,804) and Kedah (1,852).  

Of the 429 cases, 197 were detected during screening of close contacts of COVID-19 patients while 154 were identified during other COVID-19 screenings. A further 78 cases were from existing COVID-19 clusters.  

Malaysia reported 660 new cases yesterday, bringing the nation’s total cases to 17,540.

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