Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had on Saturday (18 December) confirmed that 11 more Omicron variant Covid-19 cases have been detected by the Ministry of Health (KKM).
In a statement, Dr Noor Hisham said the 11 new cases came from the 18 cases that Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had previously suspected to be possible Omicron variant cases on Thursday (16 December).
Fortunately, all 11 cases were brought into the country, and the virus was not found in our community.
“All 11 cases of the Omicron variant reported were import cases, in which three are from the United Kingdom, three from America, two from Nigeria, two from Saudi Arabia and one from Australia.”
“9 of the 11 cases involve Malaysians, while the remaining 2 are Nigerian citizens,” he said.
Commenting on the condition of the patient, Dr Noor Hisham said 8 out of the 11 patients showed symptoms of the disease but are currently only at category 2, while the remaining three cases are showing no signs of complications.
“5 of the cases have undergone home quarantine, while 6 cases have undergone quarantine at a quarantine centre.”
“All of these cases are under further investigation to identify the cause of infection and all close contacts.” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the remaining 7 out of the 18 cases that Khairy had highlighted previously could not be verified as the Omicron variant as the full genome test was unsuccessful.
“This is due to the low level of viral load in the samples received. All seven samples were found to have high CT value, with six samples exceeding 30 CT value, and one sample having a 28.47 CT value.” he said.
With this, the cumulative number of confirmed Omicron variant cases in the country will be increased to 13.
Besides that, the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) has also detected 13 more import cases showing signs of the same variants and is currently awaiting confirmation.
Having said that, we need to stay abide by the SOPs to prevent getting infected by Covid-19. Stay safe!