PETALING JAYA: The quarantine period for overseas travellers has been reduced from 14, beginning on 14 Dec, to 10 days.
Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Director General of Health, Tan Sri, said the decision to shorten the quarantine duration was based on the current scientific evidence and procedures in other countries.
“The monitoring and observation period for travellers from abroad, as well as close contact tracing management, will be shortened to 10 days instead of 14 days,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham said some countries had checked and shortened their mandatory quarantine periods from the original 14 days.
He said the quarantine period in Britain, Germany and Belgium had been reduced to 10 days. However, the quarantine period in France lasted just seven days.
Moreover, the new clinical scientific evidence suggests that the risk of post-quarantine infection decreases according to the duration of the quarantine period.
“The highest risk of infection is in the first week of exposure,” he said.
In addition, after the World Health Organisation and other experts estimated that the incubation period for Covid-19 is between two and 14 days. And the 14-day quarantine period was suggested.
The average time for symptoms to occur after exposure is five days, studies also show.
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