COVID-19 – negative first test might not hold

In an interview with the News Strait Times newspaper, Professor Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud said he was puzzled by the SOP for people coming from Sabah. The current SOP is to have only a swab test and a stay-at-home order (HSO) until the test results are out. He said that from the experience through the Sivagangga cluster’s index case had proven that a negative test might not hold and might read positive the second time around.

He continued to express that HSO is only the second-best options, the best option is still to quarantine all returnees immediately in designated quarantine centres.

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