NO UMRAH BAN YET, MOH MONITORS OMICRON CASES IN SAUDI
PUTRAJAYA, SELANGOR: The government has yet to decide on banning Malaysians from performing umrah, amidst reports of COVID-19 cases involving the highly infectious Omicron variant.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the ministry was monitoring the situation in Saudi Arabia closely following the surge and would step up the necessary measures.
" We have asked the pilgrims to be fitted with digital tracking device upon returning from umrah. There were some issues at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) where there were not enough counters for returnees (causing congestion there).
" I have asked the concessionaire to add more stations and personnel, maybe on Thursday, to ensure a smoother process.
" I have also reminded tour operators to ensure that the pilgrims have received their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose before leaving the country."
He said the ministry had yet to decide on imposing mandatory quarantine at designated centres for those returning from UMRAH, but advised them to practice self quarantine.
He also advised returnees to get tested for COVID-19 during the quarantine period (seven (7) days).
" Should the situation in Saudi Arabia deteriorate and transmission of Omicron variant among pilgrims reaches a worrying level, we will have to step up measures like imposing quarantine at designated centres, as well as a travel ban (to Saudi)."
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@ Jackie San