Six Covid-19 variants of concern detected

Six Covid-19 variants of concern detected

Six Covid-19 variants of concern detected between June 20-22

The Health Ministry has detected another six Covid-19 variants of concern (VOC) in the country.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the VOCs were detected between June 20 and 22.

“Five VOCs are Beta variant (B.1.351), while another one is Delta variant (B.1.617.2),” he said in a statement.

Dr Noor Hisham said this brought the cumulative number of case infections categorised as VOCs and variants of interest (VOIs) at 189.

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He said of the total detected, 173 cases were VOCs and 16 were VOIs.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham stressed that strict implementation of the quarantine policy for travellers arriving in Malaysia was crucial to minimise the risk of Covid-19 infection from abroad.

He said a mandatory quarantine period was made based on the risk assessment that was conducted from time to time.

“As such, any extension to the surveillance period is important to ensure there is no transmission of Covid-19 infection from abroad, particularly involving VOCs and VOIs.”

Both VOCs and VOIs are found to be able to spread more rapidly, with higher risk of fatality.

Dr Noor Hisham said numerous appeals had been received by the Home Surveillance Order (HSO) Committee, mostly related to applications by travelers returning from abroad, for exemption and shortening of the quarantine period due to certain reasons.

“While we understand their situation, the ministry, however, must be serious with the implementation of this quarantine policy.

“Any application or appeal must go through very strict evaluation process.”

Currently, travellers arriving in Malaysia from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan must undergo 21 days mandatory quarantine at stations designated by the government.

As for travellers from other countries, the quarantine period is set at 14 days. However, it could be extended for seven more days, depending on the risk assessment. Nst

Six Covid-19 variants of concern detected

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