Starting Friday, July 24, all returnees to Malaysia from overseas must undergo mandatory quarantine at hotels or quarantine centers, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Defence Minister said that this new rule applies to both Malaysians and non-citizens who have been allowed to come into the country and that they will have to bear the full cost of the quarantine.
However, he said that Malaysians who wanted to return home no longer had to undergo a Covid-19 swab test three days before their flight from overseas but non-citizens would still have to take their swab tests three days before embarking on their journey to Malaysia.
This is a reversal from the earlier regulation where returnees who tested negative upon arrival were allowed to be quarantined at home as the spread of Covid-19 was increasing globally and had contributed to the increase in the cases here.
“The government finds that there are individuals who violated the SOP and the rules of mandatory quarantine at home and it is this attitude that increases the risk of local transmissions, ” he said as five cases were detected in the “Novgorod cluster”, with the first case being a Malaysian who returned from Russia on July 5. He tested negative for the virus upon arrival, but then began to display symptoms of the disease such as fever and breathing difficulties two days later. A second test for the disease turned up positive, with one of his family members then also testing positive for Covid-19.