Malaysia has detected the country's first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said on Friday, December 3.
He said it was detected in an international student from South Africa who arrived in Malaysia via Singapore on November 19.
This was confirmed yesterday based on a sample taken from an international student who entered the country on November 19. The sample was flagged as the Omicron variant of concern on December 2 through genome typing assays.
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Perkembangan Semasa Varian Baharu Omicron (B.1.1.529) dan Langkah-Langkah Kawalan Serta Pencegahan di Malaysia pic.twitter.com/PfbjLmK4Pq
The student completed her 10-day quarantine on November 29 in Ipoh, and all her close contact have been tested and found negative.
"There's no need to panic, and there has been no surge in infections in Ipoh, Perak, "said Khairy.
The student is a legitimate student coming back after visiting her family in South Africa, fully vaccinated and stayed at home during her quarantine, tweeted Khairy.
The Omicron case is a student, legitimately studying in Malaysia, coming back after visiting family in South Africa. Complied with pre-departure testing, on-arrival testing, fully vaccinated, stayed home during quarantine. Let’s be measured in our comments & reaction. https://t.co/YWDkfA5LEq— Khairy Jamaluddin ???????????? (@Khairykj) December 3, 2021
Let's not stigmatise each other.
Remember to get your vaccination or booster shot, mask on and stay safe.
To learn more about Omicron, read here.