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First Omicron Positive Case Detected in Malaysia Came From an International Student

The new Covid-19 variant has reached Malaysian soil..

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Source: The Star

Health minister, Khairy Jamaluddin announced the detection of the first positive case of new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, in Malaysia today.

The positive case came from a sample taken from a South African student who entered the country on 19 Nov. The student underwent quarantine after she landed in Malaysia and found out that she was positive for Covid-19 the next day, 20 Nov.

This all happened before the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Omicron a variant of concern on 26 Nov.

The health minister tweeted that the Omicron variant was detected only after conducting “genomic tests on all positive cases from KLIA between 11 and 28 November.” This was done to see if the variant was already in Malaysia, and surely enough it was.

Despite the news, Khairy stresses that the case is contained due to automated and manual contact tracing. The student who was Omicron positive also complied with their home…

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