Omicron wave has started in Malaysia, says Khairy

By Aisyah Husna

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 January 2022: Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said the wave of Omicron COVID-19 variations has begun, and the number of cases is projected to rise, Astro Awani reported.

However, he claims that the issue is under control since, aside from the high vaccination rate among the population, the health sector is prepared to cope with the crisis.

“In Malaysia, the Omicron wave began and the cases will increase, but with high vaccination rates, it will be under control, God willing.

“The health-care system has been put on high alert. There are fewer cases that are serious. Together, we combat this wave,” he stated via Twitter on Wednesday.

He met with the Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, earlier on Wednesday morning in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss a variety of issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of digital devices to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and mental health.

Among others, the discussion also touched on health behavior research collaboration and support for WHO reform.

In a tweet, he continued, “Among the items covered this morning in Geneva was Malaysia’s vaccination rate, underlining our ambition in becoming a vaccine hub and doing assurances to keep people healthy rather than only cure the sick.”

On Wednesday (26 January), the country logged 4,744 new COVID-19 instances, bringing the total number of cases to 2,844,969 so far. ***

Source: Astro Awani

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