Take precautions, returning S’wakians told

Dr Kelvin Yii

KUCHING: All overseas returnees to Sarawak are advised to take the necessary precautions, even if they tested negative for Covid-19, Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii has reminded.

He said this included limiting their contact with family members when undergoing the 14-day home quarantine, and getting a second test for the virus on the 13th day to be certain that did not carrying the virus in their body.

“It is always better to lean on the side of caution as we want to remove any risk of infecting others, especially our loved ones,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.

Dr Yii was commenting on the trend of false negative results reported by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) on patients that would later test positive.

“It is concerning because, even though those returning from overseas are required to undergo home quarantine for 14 days, the false negative result may give both the Person Under Surveillance (PUS), and even close family members, a false sense of security.

“This may cause them to be lax in taking all the necessary precautions during home quarantine, including exposing themselves and other close family members in the same house to the risk of infection.

“This again runs the risk of those close family members exposing the risk of infection to others when they go out of the house as well,” he said.

Dr Yii also encouraged those returning to Sarawak to be honest about their travel history, especially if they had been overseas.

“This is so they can be given a RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) test to properly rule out the risk of infection even if they tested negative on a RTK (Rapid Test Kit) in KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport).

“All of this is our collective social responsibility to protect our fellow Malaysians and others from the risk of infection and also the possibility of a second wave that will have devastating effect on our economy,” he said.