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Recovered patients urged against taking RT-PCR test

Fadley Faisal

COVID-19 patients, who have recovered and discharged from home isolation, are discouraged from undergoing RT-PCR testing as it will only detect dead virus fragments.

This was said by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar in response to a media query regarding the current health protocols for COVID-positive case on quarantine order.

“A positive result from RT-PCR tests will confuse the system, resulting in the BruHealth colour code to turn to purple again,” he said.

Thus, the minister added, “it is not recommended for recovered patients to do the RT-PCR test”.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham also reiterated that those who have been in home isolation for 10 days will no longer be infectious, even if they test positive for COVID-19 using the antigen rapid test kit.

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