Selangor Offers Free Covid-19 Tests For Sabah Returnees

By CodeBlue | 02 October 2020

Operation hours of restaurants in Selangor that also operate as bars will be limited to 11pm from Oct 3.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2 — Selangor will be providing free Covid-19 screening for Selangor residents who returned from Sabah before the federal mandatory screening rule at airports for arrivals was implemented.

Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari said in a statement today that the free screening will be given to all Selangor residents who had a history of travel to Sabah between September 20 till September 26, amid reports of daily coronavirus cases in Selangor in the double digits, from 11 cases last Sunday to 31 today.

The coronavirus screening can be done at all Selcare clinic branches, but individuals have to show their travel documents as proof that they travelled to Sabah. Besides that, they will also have to show proof (water bill, electric bill, etc) that they are permanent residents of Selangor.

From October 4 onwards, all those who wish to get tested can go to the nearest clinic as listed here. Among the clinics listed are Desa Mentri Selcare Clinic, Jaya One Selcare Clinic, Puchong Selcare clinic, Putrajaya Selcare clinic, Sentosa, Klang Selcare clinic, Shah Alam Selcare clinic, Skypark Subang, Selcare clinic, and many more.

Amirudin also said that a screening at a public hall will be done in Kuala Selangor, but the date and location will be finalised later.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that all Sabah returnees from September 27 until October 10 will have to undergo Covid-19 testing upon arrival at their destination airport. This decision was made after Sabah reported a surge in the number of positive Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks.

However, MOH already started reporting cases all over the peninsula involving returnees from Sabah a week prior since September 20.

The Selangor MB said that in line with the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), which was set by the National Security Council (NSC), Selangor will continue to ban all types of nightclubs and bars from operating.

Effective Saturday, October 3, restaurants with the concept of bars throughout the state of Selangor are only allowed to operate until 11pm.

“Failure to comply with these instructions will result in their business licenses being revoked immediately,” Amirudin said.

Furthermore, to curb the spread of the Covid-19, Selangor will establish temporary detention centres for undocumented immigrants in suitable locations to reduce risk to health and safety fronliners.

MOH reported on September 29 a Covid-19 cluster — the Benteng PK cluster — that was discovered in a screening of undocumented immigrants in Klang, Selangor, with nine positive cases, eight of which were undocumented immigrants.

Besides that, the state government urged the public to follow the health standard operating procedures (SOP), especially in areas with many people. The state government noted the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in Selangor, pointing out that Selangor has reported two-digit cases continuously over the past five days.

The state government does also not encourage any conferences and gatherings, while also limiting the number of people for these gatherings to 250 people at a time.

The mentri besar said that in the beginning of the pandemic, Selangor had the highest number of cases but it was then controlled.

“The participation of all of us is the key to the previous success, and the state government hopes that we can repeat the same success.”

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