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Covid-19: Govt. subsidy means Malaysians pay less than half for quarantine

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KUALA LUMPUR — July 28, 2020: The government has clarified that it is subsidising the cost for Malaysians asked to undergo the 14-day quarantine in the country by as much as 55 per cent.

Malaysians pay an estimated RM2,100 for the food and accommodation while the subsidy is RM2,600 for each person.

The amount includes the cost of transport from an entry points to the quarantine centres, food and drinks, personal protective equipment, security and cleaning and decontamination, said Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a statement today.

The government last week announced the end of home quarantines for those returning to or entering the country after many did not comply with the conditions. Instead they will all be sent to designated centres from July 24.

According to Ismail, 1,631 Malaysians had returned from 22 countries from July 24 to 27 and are being quarantined at nine centres in Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan, Penang and Johor.

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