KUALA LUMPUR: The cumulative total of Omicron variant cases of Covid-19 in Malaysia now stands at 13, after the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed the Omicron variant in 11 new imported cases with travel history in five counties.
Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement on Saturday (December 18th) that of the 11 cases, three were from UK, US (three), Nigeria (two) and Saudi Arabia (two). and Australia (one).
He said of the 11 cases, nine were Malaysian citizens and the rest were Nigerians.
Eight cases were symptomatic, but only in categories one and two, while the remaining cases were asymptomatic.
Five cases had been ordered to undergo home quarantine, while six others, at the designated quarantine station.
All are being further investigated to determine the cause of the infection and their close contacts, Dr Noor Hisham said.
He said the 11 cases were among 18 samples showing the suspected presence of the Omicron variant announced by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin last Thursday.
“The other seven samples, however, could not confirm the presence of the Omicron variant because whole genome sequencing could not be performed due to the low level of viral load in the samples,” he said. he declares.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) detected 13 more imported cases showing the suspected presence of the Omicron variant on Friday, December 17.
He said that with the increase in imported cases of the Omicron variant in Malaysia, the health ministry has taken the initiative to improve the prevention and control of Covid-19 measures at all international points of entry. and also in the community.
The ministry also encouraged everyone to receive Covid-19 vaccine boosters to get optimal protection against the coronavirus, he added. -Bernama