No evidence COVID-19 relapsed patients can infect others, says minister

James Kon

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar yesterday urged the public not to worry about the risk of infection from COVID-19 patients who have tested positive again and have fully recovered.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has a clear and comprehensive procedure for providing follow-up care for such cases that include further 14 days of isolation after being allowed to return home a second time from the centre, he said.

“A number of studies in various countries regarding COVID-19 patients that tested positive again after recovering have revealed that so far there is no evidence that they are capable of infecting others,” Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham told the daily press conference yesterday.

He said for such patients in the country, the MoH has a clear and comprehensive procedure for providing follow-up care.

Any patient found to be positive again after recovering, will be referred to the National Isolation Centre for further investigation and treatment, and will be directed to undergo a further 14 days of isolation upon being allowed to return home a second time from the centre, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said.

The minister said, “The public need not worry about the risk of infection from former patients. They can return to their former daily routines once the self-isolation is completed. Employers also should not force them to take unpaid leave or isolate them from others.”