Quarantine is no longer a must, but symptomatic close contacts are encouraged to self-quarantine, and may end the quarantine if their RTK-Ag self-test result is negative.
Malaysia's Ministry of Health has shared the updated health procedures for close contacts of COVID-19 cases to note, effective today (Friday, 22 April 2022).
These new procedures apply to all close contacts, regardless of vaccination status, and are as follows:
If the close contact is asymptomatic
- Quarantine: None.
- COVID-19 test requirement: None.
- Practise preventive measures: To do so for five days from the day of last exposure to the case.
- Release from quarantine: Not applicable.
If the close contact is symptomatic
- Quarantine: The individual is encouraged to self-quarantine.
- COVID-19 test requirement: The individual is encouraged to take an RTK-Ag self-test on the day of the onset of symptoms, and on the third day.
- Practise preventive measures & release from quarantine: If the RTK-Ag self-test result is negative and symptoms have improved, you may end quarantine but practise preventive measures.
The ministry also reminded individuals to take on the following preventive measures:
- Always wear a face mask when leaving the house.
- Avoid crowded places.
- Ensure good ventilation.
- Avoid visiting high-risk groups.
- Only travel for essential reasons.
Photo / Ministry of Health Malaysia