3,245 new COVID-19 cases, 439 Omicron variant cases from 6,412 VOCs detected – DG Dr. Noor Hisham


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PUTRAJAYA JAN.18: A total of 186 new cases of variants have been reported from 14 Jan.- 18 Jan. 2022, all of which are Variants of Concern (VOC) that is Omicron variant (B1.1.529).

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor HishamAbdullah said, this brings the cumulative number of cases infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus categorised as VOC and Variant of Interest (VOI) to 6,432 cases. Of the total detected, 6,412 cases were VOC while 20 cases were VOI.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, overall to date, for VOCs there are 5,726 Delta variant cases; 439 cases of Omicron variants; 233 Beta variant cases; and14 Alpha variant cases.

Meanwhile, he said, the VOI cases include 13 cases of Theta variant; four cases of Kappa variants; and three cases of Eta variants.

On the development of floods in the country, Dr. Noor Hisham said, until 3.00 pm today (18thJanuary 2022) the last temporary evacuation centre (PPS) in Segamat, Johor has been closed and all flood victims have returned to their homes. Weather conditions improved and no further warnings of continuous rain were reported.

“The flood operation room at the State Health Department (JKN) has been closed in stages starting with Perak, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (WPKL), Selangor, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah, Pahang, Melaka, Sarawak, and Johor.

“The flood operation room at JKN Johor was closed at 12.01am, 16 January 2022. This had made all JKN flood operation rooms affected by the flood were closed.

“No COVID-19 cases were reported among the flood victims making the total during the flood incident remained at 471 cases,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a statement here today.

On the COVID-19 situation, the Director General of Health said, as of 12.00 noon today, 3,245 new cases were recorded bringing the cumulative total to 2,813,934 while 3,093 cured cases adding 2,741,355 to the cumulative total or 97.4 per cent.

However, he said, 183 from the new cases have to be admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) while 84 requiring respiratory assistance.

“There are 17 new clusters today while 188 still active, 6,047 have expired and 6,235 clusters have been formed since the COVID-19 pandemic started in early 2020,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.

According to Dr.Noor Hisham, on the whole the infectivity rate of COVID-19 in Malaysia today is 0.98. Meanwhile four states namely, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah and Melaka’s infectivity rate is above 1.00 while Selangor with 1.00 and seven other states including Johor, Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Pahang, Perak, Kelantan and Terengganu with under 1.00 infectivity rate.

Meanwhile, Sarawak, Putrajaya, Labuan and Perlis’s infectivity rate of COVID-19 remains 0.00 – Malaysia World News


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