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Khairy: New wave of Covid-19 expected to hit Malaysia soon

NewsKhairy: New wave of Covid-19 expected to hit Malaysia soon

A new wave of Covid-19 infection may be emerging in the country soon, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

According to The Star, he said this was based on the number of cases reported in recent days both here and in Singapore.

“Over the past two to three days, we have been reporting more than 2,000 cases a day against 1,000 to 2,000 previously.”

“Today (23 June) alone, we have 2,796 cases with two new clusters reported at institutions of higher learning. So, if we are not cautious, the cases will keep on increasing in the coming weeks,” he said.

Khairy also said that it is important that the new wave was not severe and that the number of deaths and admissions into intensive care units remained low or under control.

Source: Malaysia World News

He said all states except Selangor, Johor, Kedah, Terengganu and the Federal Territories have reported an increase in the number of cases compared with the previous day with 2 new higher education clusters also being reported.

“It is also my hope that those above 60 and those with chronic illnesses will take the second booster shot as this is the best way to keep safe,” he said.

Khairy also said that the ministry will following closely to the Covid-19 situation in Singapore.

“I have to do so because Malaysia and Singapore are in the same epidemiological area with no travel restrictions and hundreds of thousands crossing the Causeway daily.”

“My Singapore counterpart has also told me that the republic has been seeing more BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants which were more transmissible than earlier variants,” he said, adding that these variants had the same effect as other Omicron variants.

Khairy then reminded the public that the government had decided not to remove all Covid-19 preventive measures such as the wearing of face masks in closed areas.

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