Overseas travellers entering S’wak must undergo temperature screening

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KUCHING, Jan 13: All travellers arriving at Sarawak’s international entry points will have to undergo a body temperature screening process effective immediately.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said those detected with fever or symptoms through self-declaration or self-referral or referred by the flight crew would be given a slip for a Covid-19 test at a private or government clinic.

Additionally, the throat swab test is required to be taken within 48 hours.

“If a traveller is found positive for Covid-19, they will undergo quarantine at the accommodation premises and be managed by the Guidelines for Covid-19 Management in Malaysia No.5/2020 (Annex 2: Management of Suspected, Probable and Confirmed Covid-19 – kk 05/04/2022).

“Meanwhile, if a traveller is found to be negative for Covid-19 but has symptoms, it is advised for him or her to wear a face mask, especially when in public places, gatherings or crowded places,” the committee said in a statement today.

SDMC further mentioned that the protection provided by the Covid-19 vaccine will decrease after a certain period and depends on the variant type.

Thus, the Ministry of Health (MOH) strongly encourages those at high risk to vaccinate to reduce the probability of severe infections and death.

Those who have not completed the primary dose or booster dose can make an appointment through MySejahtera or contact the nearest health clinic.

“To encourage the uptake of vaccines among high-risk groups, the MOH is offering walk-in vaccinations at health clinics and government hospitals starting Jan 9, 2023, to those with comorbidities including chronic diseases; senior citizens aged 60 years and above; or individuals at risk of severe symptoms and complications of Covid-19 infection.

“Provision of Paxlovid antiviral drug treatment to eligible patients is also provided according to established guidelines. For this purpose, the MOH always ensures the availability of antivirals in all identified health facilities,” it added. — DayakDaily