LABUAN: All 153 varsity students who have been quarantined in two quarantine centres here since last week but were tested negative for COVID-19, have been allowed to return home, starting today.
They comprised 111 students who had just returned from their campuses in the peninsula, while 42 others were from their campuses in Sarawak.
“We have visited them this morning at the quarantine centres. As they all have been tested negative of the COVID-19, we allow them to return home and continue with self-quarantine (for another week). At least they can celebrate Aidilfitri with the parents and siblings,” Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari told Bernama when contacted.
Meanwhile, Dr Ismuni said his team had been working round-the-clock to monitor the health status of the quarantined patients and continue conducting swab test to all oil and gas workers who are in and out of Labuan.
“We have already managed to get Labuan declared as COVID-19 green zone and we must maintain it. The people are obliged to comply with the Ministry of Health’s social distancing guideline and maintain a high level of hygiene,” he added.
Dr Ismuni clarified all the 232 students from Peninsula who arrived Labuan on May 15 had underwent swab tests and health screening as a preventive of ITC Cluster.
“We don’t do random swab test, but we did 100 per cent to all students and none of them were spared from the test, as this our standard operating procedure (SOP) of ensuring all returnees are free from the COVID-19,”he said.
Of the 232 students, 121 were allowed to undergo home-quarantined while the remaining 111 were sent to the quarantine centres.
Dr Ismuni also disclosed his medical teams had been working round-the-clock by setting up teams to monitor the health status of the quarantined patients and continue conducting swab test to all oil and gas workers who are in and out of Labuan.
“We have been breaking out neck since early January ensuring we could control the pandemic on the island and finally, we managed to get Labuan declared as green zone, and we must maintain it, and the people are obliged to comply the Ministry of Health’s social distancing guideline and maintain high level of hygiene,” he said.
Dr Ismuni said all vendors at the Pasar Sentral wet and dry market of the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) building had today underwent swab test and health screening, while the staffs of supermarkets also underwent similar checks last week.