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Recovered cases are not close contacts, says minister

Izah Azahari

Recovered COVID-19 patients are not considered as close contacts should an outbreak occur in their homes or workplace.

This was said by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the daily press conference yesterday.

“Within 90 days, Insya Allah, their immunity will still be high and they won’t get infected,” said the minister. He however, advised individuals to conduct an antigen rapid test (ART) if they develop symptoms after three months of recovering from COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the minister also said that there are several factors to weigh in understanding why daily new COVID-19 cases remain relatively low in recent times.

The factors include the recent protocol change in certifying if a person is COVID-19 positive, and the percentage of booster shots administered to people, which has been stagnant with only about 600 additional individuals daily.

“We have mentioned before that there will be a time when the number of cases will go up and down, and that is what we are experiencing right now,” the minister said, adding that the public must still remain cautious despite the decreasing trend of daily new infections.