Omicron Variant Could Infect 306 Travellers Who Were Tested Positive For COVID

Omicron Variant Could Infect 306 Travellers Who Were Tested Positive For COVID
Source – DW

According to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, 306 of 366 travellers who tested positive for Covid-19 last week may have been infected with the Omicron variant.


Omicron Variant Could Infect 306 Travellers Who Were Tested Positive For COVID

According to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, 306 of 366 travellers who tested positive for Covid-19 last week may have been infected with the Omicron variant.

The Ministry of Health would like to inform that the Institute of Medical Research conducted PCR genotyping assay on 366 samples of Covid-19 positive cases among travellers between Dec 21 and 25.

Of these, a total of 306 have indicated probable (suspected) Omicron variant and are currently awaiting the results of the full sequence test (whole genome sequencing)," Khairy said today.

Source - Utusan

Additionally, the minister declared that the government would eliminate temporary travel restrictions on eight countries — South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi — noting the Omicron variant’s increased global spreading.

These eight will be included in the list of high-risk countries, bringing the total number of high-risk countries to 18," he said. Other high-risk countries include the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Norway, the United States, Australia, France, Denmark, India, Canada, and Nigeria.

Khairy further said that according to MySejahtera statistics, 1.4% of those who tested positive for Covid-19 and were issued a Home Surveillance Order (HSO) had breached the quarantine order.

He said that his ministry was contemplating pursuing these individuals.

Source – The Edge Markets

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