quarantine, close contact

Quarantine is no longer a must, but symptomatic close contacts are encouraged to self-quarantine, and may end the quarantine if their RTK-Ag self-test result is negative.

Malaysia's Ministry of Health has shared the updated health procedures for close contacts of COVID-19 cases to note, effective today (Friday, 22 April 2022).

These new procedures apply to all close contacts, regardless of vaccination status, and are as follows:

If the close contact is asymptomatic

  • Quarantine: None.
  • COVID-19 test requirement: None.
  • Practise preventive measures: To do so for five days from the day of last exposure to the case.
  • Release from quarantine: Not applicable.

If the close contact is symptomatic

  • Quarantine: The individual is encouraged to self-quarantine.
  • COVID-19 test requirement: The individual is encouraged to take an RTK-Ag self-test on the day of the onset of symptoms, and on the third day.
  • Practise preventive measures & release from quarantine: If the RTK-Ag self-test result is negative and symptoms have improved, you may end quarantine but practise preventive measures.

The ministry also reminded individuals to take on the following preventive measures:

  • Always wear a face mask when leaving the house.
  • Avoid crowded places.
  • Ensure good ventilation.
  • Avoid visiting high-risk groups.
  • Only travel for essential reasons.


Malaysia's endemic guidelines from 1 April 2022: What to do if there is a COVID case or close contact at the workplace

Malaysia's endemic guidelines, effective 1 April 2022: For the general public

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