Police Are Looking For 63 People Flouting Home Quarantine By Going Out And About

The Ministry of Health has been receiving pictures of individuals wearing pink wristbands in public.

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) is looking for 63 individuals who have been caught in public flouting the Home Surveillance Order (HSO)

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry has been receiving pictures and reports from the public of these persons under surveillance (PUS) who should be under mandatory home quarantine after returning from overseas.

According to New Straits Times, PUS are issued pink wristbands upon returning to Malaysia and are not allowed to remove them for a 14-day period.

"The MOH will be working with the police to track down these individuals," said Dr Noor Hisham in the COVID-19 press conference yesterday, 21 July.

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Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry is considering electronic wristbands that are able to track the location of its wearer, like those in Hong Kong

However, they first have to take into account the cost to introduce such a device.

"We can consider it but we have to examine the cost. Now we should use MySejahtera. This app can also give us information," he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said it would be easier to keep track of PUS and gave an example of one in Johor that should have been at home but was not there when police went to check on him.

"He was arrested and will be brought to court for further action."

Bahrain introduced electronic bracelets to keep track of active COVID-19 cases.

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He also warned that PUS who take off their wristbands before the 14-day quarantine period is over would be fined

"Quarantined individuals who come to the health clinics after the surveillance period of 14 days without their wristbands will be fined," said the Health D-G.

He added that the ministry welcomed the government's decision to abandon home quarantine and reimposed designated centres for people entering the country from abroad.

Meanwhile, MOH recorded 16 new COVID-19 cases today, 22 July, including eight local transmissions

This brings the total cases in the country to 8,831.

There are two new clusters: the Hyde Park cluster with three new cases in Selangor and the patient under investigation (PUI) Melbourne cluster with one new case in Sarawak.

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