SDMC not taking risks after first Omicron case detected in M’sia, imposes stricter travel restrictions for S’wak

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KUCHING, Dec 3: Travellers coming to Sarawak from other states in the country who have not completed their vaccination schedule (including individuals with health problems) are required to undergo a 10-day quarantine period at designated quarantine centres.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today said a RT-PCR test will then be taken on the eighth day.

“For those using the dedicated Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) from Singapore-Malaysia, they are also required to be quarantined at the ‘First Point of Entry’ into Sarawak.

“Those who has been in Langkawi (Langkawi Travel Bubble) for more than seven days are required to undergo a Covid-19 (RT-PCR) test three-days before their departure,” it said.

At the same time, the committee said foreign travellers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbawe, Malawi as well as other countries with high risk of Omicron VOC (variant of concern) must also undergo a 14-day quarantine in the ‘First Point of Entry’ into Malaysia regardless of their vaccination status.

“This includes undergoing a RT-PCR test on the twelfth day after their arrival, and for travellers from other countries who has completed their vaccination, they are required to undergo a compulsory quarantine for a period of seven days at the designated quarantine centres, and RT-PCR test will be conducted on them on the fifth days.

“For those who has not completed their Covid-19 vaccination, they are required to be quarantine for 10 days, and a RT-PCR test will be conducted on the eighth day,” it added.

SDMC also emphasised that travellers from abroad must also report their travel history to airport staff.

“Legal action can be taken against them for providing false information or failure to report their previous travel history,” it said.

The committee also advises those who has yet to received their first and second doses of vaccine to do so at Public Vaccination Centres (PPV), government health clinics or designated private clinics, and must complete their booster dose vaccine appointment when the appointment has been given at any designated health facility.

Health Minister Khairy Jamauddin today said Malaysia recorded its first new Omicron (B.1.1.529) Covid-19 variant involving a 19-year old foreign students from South Africa, who arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) entry point through Singapore on Nov 19, 2021. — DayakDaily