MoH to equip relapse patients with tracking bracelet

Azlan Othman

The Ministry of Health (MoH) is mulling to equip patients who have recovered but tested positive again with an electronic tracking bracelet device to keep track of their movement while they undergo quarantine at home. This will help MoH to monitor them remotely, said Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at a press conference yesterday.

“We still allow them to go home. We want the physchological effect to be balanced.

“We can’t monitor them round the clock and the bracelet will help to alert us if they are going out and breach the rules. It is now a matter of setting it up.”

No recovered patient was found to have tested positive for a second time yesterday.

A patient who recovered but readmitted again after testing positive was allowed to return home following several follow-up lab tests. The minister also stressed that COVID-19 is a novel virus and there is still a lot to learn on how it spreads or survives in the body.

“The relapse cases were a result of residual virus and not an active strain. It is also not infectious as family members of the case were tested negative.”

“Culturing it will pose a high risk. More studies are still conducted around the globe to understand the virus,” said the minister.