By Ma Ziyi
KUALA LUMPUR, 16 December 2021: Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin announced today that Malaysia discovered a second confirmed case of COVID-19 Omicron variant.
“This case is an 8-year-old girl, a Malaysian citizen, who lived in Nigeria with her family and was confirmed when she entered Malaysia and underwent testing at the airport,” Khairy said at a press conference in parliament.
He said that on 5 December, the girl, her mother and sister came to Malaysia from Nigeria and were transferred through Doha, Qatar. The COVID-19 test was negative before arriving in Malaysia.
After that, it was tested and confirmed upon arrival here on 7 December. At present, she has no symptoms and needs to be quarantined at home for 14 days.
“As close contacts of the girl, her mother and sister were both tested negative for COVID-19 before arrival in Malaysia, on arrival in Malaysia and on the fifth day of quarantine.
However, the monitoring report of the driver has not yet been released. All three have no symptoms and need to be quarantined at home for 14 days,” Khairy said.
He added that later the girl’s father arrived in Malaysia on 12 December and was quarantined in a private quarantine centre for 14 days. The test results on arrival were negative.
“In addition, 35 contacts on the plane were tested on arrival and on the fifth day after contacted, and the results were negative. The Health Ministry will supervise these contacts constantly,” Khairy pointed out.
The Health Minister also said that another 18 suspected Omicron cases were being tested and the results would be released tomorrow (December 17). ***
Source: Sin Chew Daily