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80% Of Covid-19 Infections In Malaysia Sporadic, Not Part Of A Cluster

80% Of Covid-19 Infections In Malaysia Sporadic, Not Part Of A Cluster

3 out of 4 Covid-19 variants of concern have been identified in Malaysia.

Akmal Hakim

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Covid-19 is already in our communities, said the Health Director-General (DG).

In a joint press conference with Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today (11 May), Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah explained that 80% of coronavirus infections recorded in Malaysia are sporadic – meaning that the infected person had not travelled to high-risk areas or had close contact with infected patients.

The Health DG also raised concern about the increasing appearance of new variants of the Covid-19 virus in Malaysia.

He explained that there are four “variants of concern” and three of these variants have been successfully identified in Malaysia including; the United Kingdom (UK) variant, South African variant and a recently identified variant from India.

The only variant of concern that has not been identified in Malaysia is the Brazilian variant.

According to the United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC), a variant of concern is one which shows evidence of an increase in transmissibility, more severe disease (e.g., increased hospitalizations or deaths), significant reduction in neutralization by antibodies generated during previous infection or vaccination, reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines, or diagnostic detection failures.

The Health DG added that the State of Emergency has helped to control the outbreak of Covid-19 in Malaysia.

By using the Emergency Ordinance we managed to avoid or postpone elections; by-elections or state elections…

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah via Harian Metro

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