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The isolation period for both positive and close contact cases will range from five to 10 days, depending on the individual's vaccination status.

Malaysia's Ministry of Health has recently revised the isolation period for COVID-19 related cases, effective 8 February 2022. 

Isolation period for positive cases

The isolation period for positive COVID-19 cases will vary depending on the individual's vaccination status.

  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated and are asymptomatic will undergo a seven-day isolation period.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or experience symptoms will undergo a 10-day isolation period. 

Isolation period for individuals with close contact to a positive case

The isolation period for those who have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive patient will also vary depending on the individual's vaccination status.

  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated and have received a COVID-19 booster dose will undergo a five-day isolation period.
  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated but have not received a booster dose will undergo a seven-day isolation period.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will undergo a 10-day isolation period.

If symptomatic, they are to take an RTK-Ag (antigen rapid test, or ART) test at home, or head to a healthcare facility.
If asymptomatic, they are not required to do so and will be released at the end of their isolation period.

Throughout the isolation period, if they were to experience symptoms, they should take an RTK-Ag test or head to a healthcare facility if symptoms worsen. The isolation period will end on the fifth, seventh, and tenth day depending on the individuals' vaccination status as per the above. 

From the end of the isolation period until the 14th day, individuals are reminded to adhere to the following:

  • Continue self-monitoring for symptoms,
  • Wear a mask while in public,
  • Maintain physical safe-distancing from others,
  • Avoid contact with high-risk groups.

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