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Sabahans Returning Home Must Now Undergo Mandatory Quarantine At Designated Centres

Sabahans Returning Home Must Now Undergo Mandatory Quarantine At Designated Centres

Kirat Kaur

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The Sabah government has announced mandatory 14-day quarantine for all returnees following a spike in local Covid-19 cases brought on by students returning home.

Malay Mail reports that returnees will undergo quarantine at gazetted centres instead of at home, as it was required earlier.

Sabah Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said the decision was made in part due to some students who did not follow the state’s home quarantine directive.

Following the spike in the number of cases from returning Sabahans and the non-compliance from those required to undergo home quarantine, we are amending the SOP to curb the spreading of the virus.

Datuk Dr Christina Rundi, Sabah Health Department director.
Datuk Dr Christina Rundi, Sabah Health Department director.
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On 11 May, Monday, 10 new cases were detected in Sabah, including students returning from Peninsular Malaysia.

The virus was detected in two students from the same local university who had undergone screening before being allowed to go home. Dr Christina explains this means that it is now a new Covid-19 cluster as there are 3 cases from the same source.

With the new directive in place, all returnees are required to undergo testing at entry points or at the nearest government facility.

Only those who have had health checks, assessed for possible infection risks and had their home facilities evaluated will be allowed to undergo home quarantine.

Sabah’s latest Covid-19 tally stands at 330 with 35 active cases.

KENYATAAN MEDIAPENGARAH KESIHATAN NEGERI SABAHSITUASI PENYAKIT COVID-19 NEGERI SABAH13 MEI 2020

Posted by PKN SABAH on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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