KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysians and foreigners returning from overseas need to go through the 14 day mandatory quarantine at the quarantine stations determined by the government beginning this Friday.
They also need to bear the full cost of quarantine at the quarantine centres located at the Public Training Institutes of hotels based on the pre-agreed cost.
According to the Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the matter was decided by the Special Ministers Meeting on the Implementation of MCO.
The government is serious about incidences of non-compliance on the standard operating procedures (SOP) of home quarantine which has caused the spread of Covid-19 among family members and the community.
“The government found that some individuals have violated the SOP and mandatory home quarantine regulation. They were stubborn and they risked the cases of local infection,” he said.
He said, such actions were very irresponsible and the authorities will take stern actions, including imposing the RM1,000 compound or to charge them at court. Upon conviction, they face imprisonment of up to six months.
He added, the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) along with the Ministry of Health (MOH) will identify and gazette relevant Public Training Institutes or hotels as quarantine stations.
Following the decision, Malaysians and foreigners who wish to return to Malaysia no longer need to go for the mandatory Covid-19 screening at their original country three days before their departure.
A total of 22,480 individuals have returned to Malaysia from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) from 10 Jun until 20 July 2020.
From that amount, 22,402 individuals have been ordered to undergo home quarantine while 78 were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
On 20 July, 403 Malaysians have returned to the country through KLIA and KLIA2 from United Kingdom, Indonesia, Qatar, Singapore, Pakistan, Japan, China and Thailand. They were ordered to be on mandatory home quarantine.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri also said that the special meeting has agreed for health tourists from Green Category countries such as Brunei, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand to enter Malaysia using commercial flights to get treatment in Malaysia.
However, the cross-border travel would depend on the result of joint-discussion between the Foreign Ministry and those countries.
They will be required to go for Covid-19 screening before departure and right after their arrival at the airport and they will be brought directly to the hospital for treatment. –MalaysiaGazette