“The couple’s PCR results were sent to the Institute of Medical Research where genome sequencing confirmed that it was the Omicron variant,” R. Vidyananthan, head of the state health and environment committee clarified.
Omicron Variant Detected In A Johor Couple Returning From Umrah
On Saturday, two cases of the Omicron variant were confirmed in Johor, affecting a married couple returning after their umrah (pilgrimage).
Vidyananthan, head of the state health and environment committee, said the couple departed for umrah on December 4 and returned on December 16 through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
“They took their RT-PCR test at the arrival hall and results on Dec 18 showed they were positive for Covid-19.”
“They were told to isolate at home in Johor Baru, while close contacts have also been identified and instructed to isolate at home and monitor their status.”
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“The couple’s PCR results were sent to the Institute of Medical Research where genome sequencing confirmed that it was the Omicron variant,” he commented.
Upon this, the Johor Health Department cautioned individuals returning from overseas, particularly those performing umrah, to adhere to the obligatory quarantine order.
Vidyananthan further recommended they remain in separate rooms and avoid contact with family members or other people while being under quarantine.
According to him, violating the quarantine order might result in the virus spreading across family members and the community.
“The Health Department also reminded those celebrating the year-end festivities, such as Christmas and New Year, to use a Covid-19 RTK-Ag before attending events and visiting loved ones.“
“It is best to keep events or gatherings brief and with few people at any given time.“
“Although the majority of people in Johor have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, we should all continue to comply with the standard operating procedure of wearing a face mask, physical distancing and ensuring good personal hygiene,” Vidyananthan said.
Source – The Star