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647 imported positive Covid-19 cases among returnees

KUALA LUMPUR: There is no positive case reported among family members of positive Covid-19 patients who were ordered to undergo Home Surveillance Order (HSO) at their respective homes.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement today said this marked the effectiveness of HSO.

He, however, said the effectiveness of HSO was subjected to compliance with the rules under the order to ensure there is no risk of infection in the community.

Dr Noor Hisham also said the Health Ministry had recorded 647 imported positive Covid-19 cases among returnees, involving Malaysians and permanent residents from April 3 to July 7.

He said during the second phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO) from April 3 to 14, a total of 31 returnees were tested positive for Covid-19, followed by 317 returnees during the third phase of MCO from April 15 to 28.

"During the fourth phase of MCO (April 29 to May 3), eight returnees were tested positive, while another 205 during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) from May 4 to June 9," he said in a statement today.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement today said this marked the effectiveness of HSO. - NSTP/MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

On April 3, the government has made it compulsory for those returning from abroad to undergo quarantine for 14 days at quarantine centres gazetted nationwide to stem the spread of imported Covid-19 cases in the community.

Dr Noor Hisham added 86 returnees were also tested positive during the ongoing Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) from June 10.

However, from June 10, individuals who returned to Malaysia were no longer placed at the quarantine centres, but were required to undergo the 14-days home quarantine under HSO.

In the statement, he also called on Malaysians who return to the country to give full cooperation by abiding by the standard operating procedure to break the Covid-19 infection chain.

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