China is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases after the re-opening of its borders.
As a preemptive measure, the Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that all travellers entering Malaysia will have to undergo a mandatory temperature screening to check for fever and Covid-19 symptoms.
Those who self-declared with symptoms would be taken to a quarantine facility or the health authorities for further testing.
In addition, those who have visited China within the last 14 days of their arrival will have to take the Antigen Rapid Test Kit (RTK-Antigen) test.
If the samples came back positive for Covid-19, they will be sent for genome testing.
According to Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa, the Covid-19 test will also be required for anyone who has recently been in close contact with someone who has recently visited China, has influenza-like symptoms, or has a severe acute respiratory infection.
PCR test will be done on travellers arriving from China
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said it would conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on sewage samples from aircraft arriving from China.
If results came back positive for Covid-19, the samples would go through genome sequencing.
Dr Zaliha said this is part of the government’s effort to intensified Covid-19 surveillance in the country.
Earlier, Malaysia Tourism Agency Association (MATA) urged the government to temporarily suspend the entry of tourists from China into the country due to Covid-19 concerns.
MATA president Datuk Dr Mohd Khalid Harun said China is currently facing an explosion in number of Covid-19 cases and this risks the emergence of new variants of the virus.
He claims that this would potentially lead to more serious issues for Malaysians, especially for the tourism industry players.