New variants of COVID-19 detected among young people aged 20-39 in Malaysia – Dr. Noor Hisham

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PUTRAJAYA MAY 8:  The Ministry of Health (MOH) pre-empts the new COVID-19 cases will reach 5,000-7,000 in mid-May 2021 and possibly touch 10,000 at the end of the month if the people are not adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the government.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said MOH has earlier emphasized that COVID-19 cases would reach 3,000 in mid-May but today it has touched 4,519 cases.

The increase of new COVID-19 cases these few days, he said, was partly due to the infections had been spreading sporadically in the community instead of confining to the cluster.

“With the existence of several new variants such as “UK Variant” B 1.1.7 and “South African Variant” B.1.351 which spreads feverishly and faster in the community, the number of cases connected to COVID-19 would increase severely.

“The variants had been detected among the people in Negeri Sembilan, Klang Valley, Perak and Kelantan. After 16 months fighting with COVID-19 pandemic, the question now is whether we can live with the variants which are found to be more aggressive and transmitted easily among the people,” Dr. Noor Hisham queried in a press conference held here today.

He added the recent trend is that COVID-19 infections are spreading among the young people aged 20 to 39 and several cases had to be admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) and needed respiratory aids.

He said, some of the cases had no respond even after giving them treatment and in such cases a genomic study will be conducted to identify the type of variant that affected the patient. 

“These cases are sporadic and nobody knows where is comes from. About 50 percent comes from the community and this includes from schools, tahfiz and educational institutions.

“This happened when the government allowed social, sports and education sectors to reconvene after the Movement Control Order 2.0 until March 2021.

“From 7th December 2020 until 8th May 2021 when the government allowed inter-district/state travel, 46 clusters have been formed involving 6,000 people,” Dr. Noor Hisham added.

In another development, Dr. Noor Hisham said, today 4,519 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded adding to the cumulative total to 436,944 with 2,719 discharged bringing the grand total to 398,723 and 25 death cases, 393 admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) while 210 needed respiratory aids.

Meanwhile Selangor contributes the highest COVID-19 cases today with 1,722, Sabah (63), Johor (288), Kuala Lumpur (557), Sarawak (479), Penang (363), Negeri Sembilan (98), Kelantan (373), Perak (108), Kedah (183), Melaka (100), Pahang (99), Terengganu (71), Labuan (2), Putrajaya (2) and Perlis (1). – Malaysia World News    


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