Delta variant (B.1.617.2) and Beta variant (B.1.351) detected in Malaysia – Dr. Noor Hisham

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PUTRAJAYA JUNE 4: The Ministry of Health (MOH) has detected new cases of Delta variant (B.1.617.2) formerly known as Indian variant with three cases in Labuan and one case in Kuala Lumpur.

Director General of Health, Tran Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the three cases in Labuan were infected from abroad and also from the Layangan Labuan cluster, while the one case in Kuala Lumpur was a local infection.

He said, for 15 new cases of the Beta variant (B.1.351) formerly known as South Africa variant, six cases were recorded in Johor, Kelantan (5) and one each in Kuala Lumpur, Kedah, Melaka and Terengganu and all were local infection.

“Until 4th June 2021, the cumulative total of SARS-CoV-2 that is categorised as VOC and Variant of Interest (VOI) is 138 cases. From the total cases detected, 122 cases are VOC and 16 cases are VOI,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a statement here today.

Dr.Noor Hisham added, the VOC reported are Beta variant (B.1.351), Alpha variant (B.1.1.7) and Delta variant (B.1.617.2) while the VOI are Theta variant (P.3), Eta variant (B.1.525 and Kappa variant (B.1.617.1).

On another development, 7,748 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded today with the cumulative total of 603,122 while 6,624 were discharged cases bringing the grand total to 515,571 or 85.5 percent.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, from the new cases, 2 were imported by the foreigners, 6,721(86.6%) were involving the Malaysians and 1,025 (13.2%) were foreigners.

He added, there are 84,369 active cases with 86 deaths bringing the death toll to 3,182 (0.53%) involving 83 Malaysians and three non-citizens.
Meanwhile from the new cases, 883 were admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) while 459 needed respiratory aids.

“The death cases were 20 from Selangor, Johor (14), Negeri Sembilan (13), Kuala Lumpur (7), Sarawak (5), Kedah (4) and three each in Sabah, Melaka, Pahang, Perak, Labuan and Pulau Pinang and two each in Kelantan and Terengganu and one case in Perlis,” Dr. Noor Hisham said.-Malaysia World News



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