Malaysians are reminded to stay alert after over 110 countries reported a spike in Covid-19 cases due to BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants.
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According to New Straits Times, Covid-19 cases jumped to 3,561 yesterday (6 July) as compared to 2,932 cases on 5 July. It’s the first time the country is seeing daily cases over 3,000 since 13 May.
3,552 of the new cases were local transmissions while 9 were imported.
Selangor and Kuala Lumpur registered 1,341 and 994 infections, contributing to the bulk of the cases.
Malaysia: Wed, 06 Jul – Covid19 Updatehttps://t.co/wlgihUQBga— Covid19.Place (@Covid19Place) July 6, 2022
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Prior to this, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin reminded Malaysians to stay alert after more than 110 countries had reported a spike in Covid-19 cases linked to the highly transmissible BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants.
Malaysians are advised to continue wearing a mask and to get their booster shot if they haven’t gotten it, especially the elderly and high-risk groups.
Jangan ambil ringan situasi ini. Ramai disekeliling kita yang tidak dijangkiti COVID-19 sepanjang dua tahun lepas kini telah dijangkiti. Pakai mask di tempat tertutup & sesak, amalkan TRIIS. Dapatkan booster jika belum & booster kedua bagi warga emas & golongan berisiko tinggi.— Khairy Jamaluddin 🇲🇾🌺 (@Khairykj) July 6, 2022
Sub-varian Omicron BA.4 dan BA.5 telah tersebar di banyak negara di seluruh dunia termasuk di negara-negara Asia seperti 🇸🇬🇹🇭🇮🇩🇵🇭🇮🇳🇦🇺🇳🇿.— KKMalaysia🇲🇾😷 (@KKMPutrajaya) July 5, 2022
KKM ingin mengingatkan agar rakyat Malaysia yang ingin keluar negara mengambil langkah berhati-hati seperti dikongsikan. pic.twitter.com/rlA8VzzbxP
Five deaths had been reported to the Health Ministry (KKM), including two brought-in dead cases in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
Since the pandemic started, a total of 4,582,302 people in the country have been infected and 35,792 succumbed to the Covid-19 virus.
Currently, 2,035 recovered yesterday (6 July) while there are still 31,540 active cases.
NST added that 96% of the cases are undergoing quarantine, 1,184 cases are receiving hospital treatment, 40 cases are in intensive care units (ICU) and 26 people are at Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centres (PKRC).
Out of the 40 ICU cases, 23 are ventilated. On 6 July, 506 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals.
You can get a second booster shot
Back in April 2022, Malay Mail reported that individuals aged 60 and above with severe comorbidities and children aged 12 and above who are immunocompromised are recommended to get their second booster shots although it’s not compulsory.
Individuals, who are aged 18 and above, who wish to go abroad and need to meet vaccination requirements of the country of destination are eligible for the second booster shot as well.
Here’s how to get your appointment
For those who are aged above 60 and children aged 12 and above, you can find the ‘booking link’ in the MySejahtera application.
To check if you have the link:
- Click on the “Covid-19 Vaccination” tab on the home page.
- Click on “Vaccine for (your name).”
- Select “Click here to book your appointment.” It’ll be highlighted and underlined in blue. From there, you should be able to choose from a list of clinics near you and your appointment time and date.
If you don’t want to wait for the booking link, you can also walk into any clinic offering booster shots or apply at the nearest district health offices.
Keep in mind that the elderly can only receive their second booster shot four to six months after the first one and only Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine will be available.
Those who intend to get their second booster shot in order to travel abroad should bring along supporting documents such as their flight tickets or travel documents.
Khairy said that individuals aged 18 and above who are going abroad can receive the second booster dose after an interval of at least one month from the first booster.