Sarawak may adopt Brunei’s Covid-19 health protocols

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By Chew Lip Song

RECOVERED Covid-19 patients in Sarawak may have to be screened again three weeks after being given a clean bill of health.

State Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said he has already instructed health officials to look into adopting Brunei’s protocols, where another round of tests are done on recovered patients, the NST reported.

“In Brunei, recovered patients will undergo another round of tests three weeks after they are discharged.

“The protocol was adopted following their recent experience (related to recovered patients re-infected by the virus).

“Having said that, this pandemic is a new phenomenon since this virus is only five-months-old,” said Dr Sim, who is also the state minister in charge of health matters in Sarawak.

It was reported that Brunei would carry out re-swab testing on recovered patients discharged from its National Isolation Centre (NIC).

The protocol was adopted after health authorities there found several recovered patients tested positive again for Covid-19.

Brunei’s Health Minister Dato Seri Setia Dr Mohd Isham Jaafar said the country detected 11 recurring cases as of April 14.

“There are so many things which are still uncertain. Because this is a novel coronavirus, the population around the world could get infected easily since we do not have antibodies to fight against the virus.

“That is why we need to implement drastic measures such as Movement Control Order (MCO) to break the chain of the Covid-19 transmission,” he said

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