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Malaysia updates COVID-19 rules on face masks and home surveillance orders, effective 15 Jul 2024

Malaysia updates COVID-19 rules on face masks and home surveillance orders, effective 15 Jul 2024

The use of face masks is encouraged for individuals with symptoms such as cough and cold, especially when in health facilities or crowded places with poor ventilation.

In transitioning to a phase of 'living with COVID-19', Malaysia has updated the requirements of its Home Surveillance and Observation Order, as well as the use of face masks.

From 15 July 2024 (Monday), the use of face masks is encouraged for the following groups:

  • Individuals confirmed positive for COVID-19, who need to minimise social interaction and avoid crowded places.
  • Individuals with symptoms such as cough and cold, especially when in health facilities or crowded places with poor ventilation.
  • Healthcare workers when in health facilities, especially when managing patients in accordance with infection control and prevention practices.

The Ministry of Health (KKM) has also posted a reminder on the public's responsibility to "live with COVID-19":

  • Practise self-risk assessment.
  • Take measures to control and prevent public health.
  • Wear a face mask for high-risk groups if in an area that is crowded, or with poor ventilation.

According to KKM, high risk groups include senior citizens aged 60 and above, those who live in care centers, and individuals with morbidities or low immunity.


Lead image / Ministry of Health

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