17 positive COVID-19 cases detected with South African variant B. 1.351

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PUTRAJAYA : The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed that 17 positive COVID-19 cases in Malaysia had been detected with South African variant B.1.351 infections until 14th April 2021.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the South African variant B.1.351 had been detected in the clusters and this include from Jalan Lima Cluster (3), Kebun Baru (9), Teknologi Emas (1) and close contact screenings (4).

Dr. Noor Hisham added, to date the phylogenetics analysis and the geographical connections had shown the probabilities of such cases to have occurred from the same cause of infection.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, on 18th March 2021, the South African variant B.1.351 had been detected among two staffs from a company based in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and they are from the Jalan Lima cluster and one case each from Kebun Baru cluster and close contact screening.

“To trace how far the infections of lineage B.1.351, a full genome sequence had been carried out where many cases had been detected in the nearby geographical areas including Kuala Langat district and Sepang district,” said Dr. Noor Hisham in a statement here today (14th April 2021).

Dr. Noor Hisham added, since 3th February 2021, Variant of Concerns (VOCs) was earlier traced in Malaysia where the first two cases of UK B.1.1.7 were detected via screenings at the International Entry Point (PMA). The screenings at the PMA later traced two cases of the Nigerian Variant B.1.525 on 5th March 2021. –Malaysia World News


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