PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak has called for a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days to be imposed on international visitors, especially those from India.
The current mandatory quarantine period is seven days.
He said more than 60% of new Covid-19 cases from India were from the “double mutant variant” and experts have raised red flags over their faster rate of transmission.
“Most of those infected are youths. Those who fall sick are also tougher to treat when compared to other variants. Experts are also uncertain if present Covid-19 vaccines are effective against the new India variant,” he said
Najib added that the National Security Council had also reported that many visitors are still arriving from India.
Last month, India reported a massive spike in Covid-19 cases. Experts have reported alarmingly high transmission rates, with a total of 260,000 new cases reported there yesterday.