Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar emphasised that isolation is not a holiday, and it is for the nation’s benefit to curb the spread of the pandemic COVID-19, which is on the rise.
Within the past few days, the country received almost 2,000 local students returning from high-risk countries and need to be isolated for 14 days.
“This is part of the measures as much as possible in ensuring their comfort, yet everyone has different expectations. They have to bear with us, with the government, just for 14 days,” he said.
He added that it was for the benefit of the students, their families and the country.
He shared that some are allowed to be isolated at home. They must comply with strict requirements such as having their own room and toilet, no family member having chronic illnesses and other conditions. “We are depending on your trust,” the minister reminded the families.
During the press conference, the minister shared that due to thousands of students returning in such a short period, the government is facing challenges in providing rooms for them. He said the government is looking for hotels and apartments to come forward in giving assistance as the country is expecting another 800 students to return in the next two days as well as locals from overseas.