MOH Further Investigates The Source Of Omicron Variant Infection Says Khairy

The Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) is examining the source of the COVID-19 infection in the index case involving the Omicron variant detected on Thursday.


MoH Further Investigates The Source Of Omicron Variant Infection Says Khairy

The Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) is examining the source of the COVID-19 infection in the index case involving the Omicron variant detected on Thursday.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the index case was screened for COVID-19 before departure from Singapore and again upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Nov 19.

He said that the index case’s cycle threshold value (CT value) was near to 30, indicating that the individual is less infectious and is reaching the end of the infection.

Our scientists are looking at what actually took place," he stated during a conference.

Khairy said that contact tracing for the case is ongoing, adding that the case’s close contacts remained at seven as of today.

Source - Berita Harian

When asked about a South African study that found the Omicron variant can reinfect people three times faster than previous variants, Khairy said the government needs to assess the situation and rely on more definitive data from countries with higher prevalence rates of the variant, which it would obtain within a week or two.

He urged residents not to panic, but to follow established standard operating procedures (SOP) and to be vaccinated, particularly booster shots for individuals in the high-risk category.

Our measures are among the strictest in the world.  Malaysia has a high vaccination rate, we have sufficient booster doses and have optimised the capacity of our public health system in the event of increased hospital admissions,” he added.

When questioned about booster doses, Khairy said that the decision to make them mandatory will be addressed next week.

He said that the aim of 75% of fully vaccinated individuals getting booster doses is expected to be met by March 2022, since booster doses are given three to six months following completion of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Meanwhile, Khairy said that the government presently restricts travel to and from Malawi, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe due to the spread of the Omicron variant. 

Source – Bernama

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