Sabah Imposes Compulsory Quarantine For Travellers From Eleven Countries

Sabah Imposes Compulsory Quarantine For Travellers From Eleven Countries

Starting December 28, all travellers visiting Sabah from the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Norway, France, Canada, Denmark, Nigeria, the United States, India, and Pakistan must undergo mandatory quarantine at the country’s first port of entry.


Sabah Imposes Compulsory Quarantine For Travellers From Eleven Countries

Starting December 28, all travellers visiting Sabah from the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Norway, France, Canada, Denmark, Nigeria, the United States, India, and Pakistan must undergo mandatory quarantine at the country’s first port of entry.

This covers Sabahans visiting or returning from any of the listed 11 countries.

Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, the spokesperson for the state Covid-19, said on Sunday that they must undergo quarantine at government-run centres before continuing their trip to Sabah.

Masidi said in a statement late Friday that travellers entering from countries with temporary travel restrictions or a recent travel history from such countries are permitted to enter Sabah but must adhere to the state government’s criteria.

For one thing, he said that they would be required to undergo a Covid-19 RT-PCR test two days before departing the country.

They (travellers) are also required to fill in the e-Health Declaration Form (eHDF), and those who did not meet the criteria to enter Sabah must obtain special approval from the Internal Affairs and Research Office by referring to the eligibility requirements at https://phednp.wixsite.com/website.

Apart from that, they will also be required to take RT-PCR test upon arrival at the first entry point to Malaysia, to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days at the designated quarantine station regardless of their vaccination status," he said.

Meanwhile, Ranau had the highest rise in Covid-19 cases in Sabah on Sunday, with 26 cases reported compared to just ten on Saturday.

Source - The Star

However, the state’s case rate is decreasing, with 108 cases recorded on Sunday, down 19 from Saturday.

Tuaran reported sixteen cases, Kota Kinabalu fourteen, and Penampang ten. These four districts are the only ones with infection rates in the double digits.

All other districts reported cases in the single digits, while nine districts reported no new infections. In Kota Belud, one death was reported.

On Sunday, 104 of the 108 cases fall into categories 1 and 2, two into category 3, and one into category 4.

On December 25, based on the number of daily cases, the projected infection rate, or R0/RT, for the whole nation is 0.88, while for Sabah, it is 0.81. A decreased R0/RT ratio indicates a lowering and regulated transmission rate.

Meanwhile, when questioned about the umrah cluster in Sandakan and if the Omicron variant had been discovered among those infected, Masidi said, “None that I know of“.

A man who returned from Saudi Arabia upon performing the umrah sparked the Millenium Saudi Covid-19 cluster. Screening of the umrah entourage and close contacts revealed the infection of ten other individuals.

Yesterday, the number of new Covid-19 cases in the nation fell below 3,000, with 2,778 cases reported, bringing the country’s total count to 2,741,179.

Malaysia last reported less than 3,000 cases in a single day on December 20, with 2,589 cases.

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, director-general of health, stated that 2,718 of yesterday’s total were category one and two cases, with the remaining being category three, four, and five cases.

There were 129 import cases and 2,649 local cases, while 306 cases required intensive care treatment, with 170 on respiratory support," he said yesterday.

Additionally, he said that two other clusters were found, increasing the total number of active clusters to 218, while the national infectivity rate remained at 0.88 as of Saturday.

Dr Noor Hisham noted that as of 3 p.m., 418 Covid-19 cases had been found among flood victims, with one case confirmed at a rescue centre.

He also discovered 193 infectious illness cases among flood evacuees, including 94 cases of acute respiratory infection, 67 cases of skin disease, 30 cases of acute gastroenteritis, and a single case of hand, foot, and mouth disease and conjunctivitis, respectively.

Source — Malay Mail

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