Traveller from South Africa is Malaysia’s first Omicron case

By Hakim Mahari

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 December 2021: The first positive case of the Omicron variant of concern (VOC) has been detected in Malaysia.

Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin in a press conference today informed the case involving a 19-year-old non-citizen traveler who arrived from South Africa via Singapore on 19 November 2021.

“She is a student at a private university in Ipoh, Perak, and has undergone the COVID-19 RT-PCR test upon arrival at the KLIA international entrance.

“The case has been given a Surveillance and Observation Order under Section 15, Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342) and underwent compulsory quarantine at the accommodation provided by the university in Ipoh.

“The case journey from KLIA to Ipoh is using a bus specially provided by the university.

“The case underwent quarantine alone at the inn and based on the investigation carried out, she complied with the order issued,” Khairy said.

Khairy also said during a special press conference that eight close contacts of the detected Omicron case will undergo RT-PCR swab tests today.

“Travellers arriving at KLIA from high-risk countries will wear tracking device throughout their quarantine period,” he said. ***

Source: Astro Awani

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