Covid-19 Test Not Needed For Travel To Langkawi Says Health Minister

source – the star
  • All those travelling to Langkawi will no longer be required to undergo covid-19 testing.

  • As of Sunday 10th October, 54,341 visitors had undertaken the COVID-19 test, with 216 (0.4 percent) testing positive while in Langkawi, whereas just one exhibited symptoms and subsequently tested positive.

  • Investigations and contact tracing revealed that the source of infection for those that tested positive in Langkawi did not originate from Langkawi. 

Covid-19 Test Not Needed For Travel To Langkawi Says Health Minister

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has decided to end the need for people travelling to Langkawi to undergo the COVID-19 test, which has become effective immediately .

The decision, according to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, was taken after taking into consideration the small number of visitors who had tested positive, as well as the fact that no COVID-19 clusters had been found in the Langkawi tourism bubble.

It also comes as a result of the government's decision to permit interstate travel, according to him.

In his statement, Khairy reiterated the need that all Langkawi visitors be fully vaccinated. He also urged them to do COVID-19 self-tests before setting out on their trip, though this is not compulsory.

“Those who test positive and in isolation and observation or identified as close contacts to positive cases in quarantine or under surveillance order, are not allowed to travel,” he said in a statement.

Ismail Sabri said on Sunday (10 Oct) that the government had decided to enable people who have received full vaccination to travel to other states without first obtaining authorization from the police, effective Monday (11 Oct).

He said that the decision was taken after the full vaccination rate of the adult population under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) reached 90 percent.

source - new straits times

According to Khairy, as of last Sunday, 54,341 visitors had undertaken the COVID-19 test, with 216 (0.4 percent) testing positive while in Langkawi, whereas just one exhibited symptoms and subsequently tested positive, according to the statistics.

“Investigations showed that the source of infection was not in Langkawi,” he said. 

When the government launched the Langkawi tourism bubble pilo project on September 16, it made it mandatory for all visitors to undergo a COVID-19 screening test before visiting the island.

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