24 June 2020
None of the Malaysians who returned from abroad were found to have flouted the mandatory home quarantine standard operating procedures (SOP) or had tampered with their government-issued quarantine wristbands.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Health Ministry and police also conduct home inspections periodically to ensure SOP compliance among this group.
“I hope Malaysians do not view the home quarantine as a burden but as one way for us to care for their health. I hope they will not attempt to do something that goes against our orders, which would leave them ultimately on the losing end.
“Our intention is to ensure that they stay healthy until the 13th day of quarantine when they will undergo a second swab test.
“Once they are certified healthy (and cleared of Covid-19), they will not be under quarantine anymore. I hope they will continue to follow the SOPs,” he said.
Ismail Sabri had previously said that Malaysians returning from abroad are not allowed to remove their wristbands – which are issued to indicate that a person is under quarantine – until their 14-day quarantine period is over.
Removing it before the end of the quarantine constitutes an offence.
Ismail Sabri, who is also Senior Defence Minister, noted that seven out of 557 Malaysians who arrived via the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) yesterday had tested positive for Covid-19.
He said the seven were sent to hospital while the remaining Malaysians were sent home for quarantine.
The Malaysians flew in from China, Indonesia, Egypt, India and Japan.
He said from June 10 up to yesterday, a total of 5,093 Malaysian returned from abroad via KLIA.
From the number, 26 were Covid-19 positive while 5,067 others were told to be quarantined at home.