KJ: Covid-19 quarantine periods vary from 10 to five days based on vaccination status and symptoms

KUALA LUMPUR: Quarantine periods for Covid-19 patients will now vary based on their vaccination status and if they are showing symptoms, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Health Minister said those, who are symptomatic or have not received their second dose of vaccine, must undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

For asymptomatic patients who have received two doses of vaccine but have not received their booster shot, the quarantine is seven days, he said.

He said this number goes down to five days if the asymptomatic patient has already received their booster shot.

“For close contacts who have been fully vaccinated but not received their booster shot, not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must undergo quarantine for seven days.

“Close contacts who are symptomatic must undergo the RTK-Ag Covid-19 screening test, self-test or go to the nearest health facility to get further treatment,” he said in a statement on Saturday (Jan 15).

Khairy said all new isolation and quarantine procedures will be effective on Sunday (Jan 16) and will also be applicable to those who are already undergoing isolation and quarantine.

He explained that the new ruling was made after the Health Ministry (MOH) re-evaluated the surveillance and observation period based on data, science and experiences from other countries relating to the management of positive Covid-19 cases and close contacts of confirmed cases.

He said existing procedures for the management of travellers to Malaysia are still applicable.

He added that the MOH had also stepped up the preparedness of the health service system to face the possibility of a rise in cases caused by the Omicron variant in the country.

“As such, the MOH recommends that individuals who are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine to take the booster dose so as to achieve the optimal level of protection,” he said. – Bernama