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[Watch] No, There’s No Omicron Covid Variant In Perak (Yet)

[Watch] No, There’s No Omicron Covid Variant In Perak (Yet)

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Fernando Fong

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The Health Ministry has denied rumours that the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron had been detected in Perak.

In a statement today, the ministry reiterated that the country has yet to detect cases of Omicron.

The statement from KKM denying that Omicron had been detected in Perak. (Source: KKM)

KKM also urged the public to help prevent unreliable and false information from spreading.

For more COVID-19 news and media, the public is advised to visit KKM’s website.

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It seems that the fake news creator used an old Astro Awani news report that refers to the South African variant – B.1.351.

B.1.351 is the Beta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, NOT the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529).

The fake news. (Source: WhatsApp)

On 29 November, the Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah had said that there are no cases of the Omicron variant detected in Malaysia.

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Omicron was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on 24 November.

It had been discovered in other countries outside Africa, including Belgium, Hong Kong, Britain, Germany, Italy and Israel.

READ MORENew Omicron Strain Detected By South African Scientists But Africa Gets Banned Instead

WHO had warned that the variant poses a “very high” risk globally.

The danger and contagion levels of the new strain remain uncertain.

Regardless, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin called on the public to step up their vigilance and maintain precautions.


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