Wednesday, March 29, 2023

MOH Detects over 392 New Variant of Concern Cases across Malaysia

NewsMOH Detects over 392 New Variant of Concern Cases across Malaysia

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has detected 392 new Covid-19 cases of the Delta variant (384) and Beta variants (8) across the nation for the period from 25 September to 6 October.

According to Berita Harian, the Health Director-General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the the variant of concern (VOC) was successufully detected through the continuous research conducted by the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI-UKM), Universiti Malaya Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi Mara Integrative Pharmacogenomics Institute (iPROMISE), Universiti Malaya Tropical Infectious Diseases Research & Education Centre (TIDREC-UM), Malaysia Genome Institute and the Institute for Medical Research (GMI).

“UMBI-UKM identified 91 cases, all of which are Delta variants, FOM-UM (83 cases, namely 79 Delta variants and 4 Beta variants), iPROMISE-UiTM (77 cases of Delta variants) and TIDREC-UM (51 cases, namely 50 Delta variants and one Beta).

Source: Astro Awani

“The variants were also detected by GMI, namely 48 cases involving 47 Delta variants and one Beta, IMR (42 cases, namely 40 Delta variants and two Beta variants).” he said in a statement today.

Noor Hisham also elaborated further on the Beta variants, where 3 of the cases were detected in Selangor and Sabah, while one of each was reported in Negeri Sembilan and Kelantan.

Source: The Star

“For 384 Delta variant cases across all states, there was an increase, with a total of 109 cases detected in Selangor, Penang (46), Kuala Lumpur (42), Negeri Sembilan (34), Pahang (33), Melaka (31), Johor (28), Sabah (21), Terengganu (16), Kelantan (12), Perak (7), two each in Putrajaya and Labuan and 1 in Kedah.” he said.

Meanwhile, Noor Hisham said this development had brought the total number of cases infected of Covid-19 categorized as VOC and Variant Under Monitoring (VUM) to 2,252 cases.

“Of the total, 2,232 cases of VOCs and another 20 cases are of variants of interest (VOI). Up to date, cases of VOCs consists of 1,996 variants Delta, Beta (222) and Alpha (14).”

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its categorisation of VOIs, which now includes the Lambda and Mu mutations on 30 September, while Theta, Kappa and Eta are categorized as variants under monitoring (VUM).” he said.

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