KUALA LUMPUR – Travellers from Sabah need to undergo Covid-19 swab test three days before their departure to other states in Malaysia beginning tomorrow.
If they are tested positive or are found to have symptoms, they will not be allowed to leave Sabah. On the contrary, those tested positive will be referred to the hospital for isolation, treatment and observations. Meanwhile, individuals with symptoms will be referred for further examinations.
Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said that travellers will only be allowed to leave Sabah after going through screenings for fever and symptoms and also the Covid-19 swab test report.
Besides that, they must also use the MySejahtera application after arriving at the border of the Peninsular of Malaysia, Sarawak and Labuan.
According to him, if they showed no symptoms and their Covid-19 laboratory report showed negative, they no longer need to go for the 14-day mandatory quarantine.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) had requested all travellers arriving from Sabah to undergo screening for symptoms, Covid-19 detection tests and use the MySejahtera mobile application during their arrival at the border of the Peninsular of Malaysia, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan beginning 27 September.
The screening process was implemented as a surveillance activity to monitor the risk of infections among those with travel history to Sabah.
The measure was taken following the escalation of Covid-19 cases among people with travel history to Sabah in other states of Malaysia.
According to Adham, referring to the weekly report on the Covid-19 positive cases, on the 43rd week of 2020, the number of new cases reported in Sabah was 4,548 cases compared to the weekly cases in the Klang Valley (Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) with 821 Covid-19 positive cases.
However, on the 47th week, the number of new cases in Sabah was 3,073 with a 32.4% reduction compared to the Klang Valley with 3,041 cases or an increment of 270 percent. –MalaysiaGazette