Covid-19 home quarantine: Police hunts 1,400 individuals

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(Picture for representational purposes only) The police have been ordered to hunt approximately 1,400 individuals who were on home quarantine but failed to do their second Covid-19 screening.
(Picture for representational purposes only) The police have been ordered to hunt approximately 1,400 individuals who were on home quarantine but failed to do their second Covid-19 screening.PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 17 APRIL 2020

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR – The police have been ordered to hunt for approximately 1,400 individuals who were ordered on home quarantine but failed to go for their second Covid-19 screening.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, those individuals had breached the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the government.

“Actions can be taken against them under Act 342 for breaching the SOP.

“Yes, the government allowed them to go on quarantine at home, however, they need to obey several regulations such as wearing wrist band and go for the Covid-19 test after the quarantine and such.

“After they are tested negative of Covid-19 in that screening, we can cut their wristband and it means that they are free to conduct the permissible activities,” he said during a news conference today.

According to Ismail Sabri, since 10 June until yesterday, 7,611 individuals have returned to Malaysia via the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). From that amount, 36 have been rushed to the hospital after they were tested positive of Covid-19. The remaining were ordered to be on home quarantine.

When asked about a teenager under the Malaysia My Second Home programme who was denied to enter the country, Ismail Sabri explained that they need to go for Covid-19 screening before entering Malaysia or they need to provide a Covid-19 fit to travel certificate.

“These are our regulations. Negotiation is ongoing, perhaps in the future, it would be further improved but for now, this is the regulation agreed by both countries,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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