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KJ: Omicron XBB Variant Has Been Detected in M’sia, Cases Set to Increase


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Although restrictions have been lifted and the majority of things have gone back to the norm, it appears that Covid-19 is still lurking around.

Recently, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that the ministry is expecting a slight increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the next few weeks following the detection of a small wave of infections with the Omicron XBB subvariant in the country.

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However, according to BERNAMA, he advised the public not to be alarmed by the development but to always stay vigilant, as the country is still in the transition to endemic phase.

“We have detected the XBB strain in Malaysia, but so far it has not led to an increase in terms of hospital admissions and deaths, that is the most important measurement.”

“To what extent cases will increase, my officials at the MOH are making a projection based on the infection model we have before and next week I will be able to give a more accurate projection,” he said.

Khairy said that though there is the possibility of an increase in cases in Malaysia, for now, the MOH has no plans to reinstate any restrictions including enforcing face masks to be worn.

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“The transition to the endemic phase must take into account the mutation of the virus to a new variant, if an unexpected new variant can increase infectivity, effects and symptoms, only then will we review (the face mask requirement) but so far it is not necessary,” he explained.

Meanwhile, he said that the MOH has sent a proposed standard operating procedure (SOP) to the Election Commission for the 15th general election (GE15) and no additional measures or restrictions have been introduced.

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“I see that the situation is under control so we don’t want any restrictions, if you want to hold a talk, you are free to do so, but wear a mask in a crowded place. The ministry has given its recommendations to the EC so that voting can be conducted safely, ” he said.

It was reported earlier that Singapore’s Ministry of Health informed that the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has increased since last month, mainly caused by the Omicron XBB subvariant, with the wave of XBB infections expected to peak in mid-November.


Also read: Health DG: Covid-19 Positive Patients Will be Allowed to Vote During GE15

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