The COVID Omicron Variant Wave Will Soon Hit Malaysia Says Khairy

The COVID Omicron Variant Wave Will Soon Hit Malaysia Says Khairy
Source – The Star

The new year 2022 started with the Ministry of Health advising Malaysians to be cautious against a new possible COVID-19 outbreak that might strike at any moment. The disease, now termed Omicron, has already begun infecting numerous countries.


The COVID Omicron Variant Wave Will Soon Hit Malaysia Says Khairy

The new year 2022 started with the Ministry of Health advising Malaysians to be cautious against a new possible COVID-19 outbreak that might strike at any moment. The disease, now termed Omicron, has already begun infecting numerous countries.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin mentioned extensive booster dose coverage, the use of a well-ventilated face mask, implementation of TRIIS (Test, Report, Isolate, Inform, and Search), activation of the MySejahtera contact tracking application, and entrance control as measures to halt the spread of the pandemic wave.

While some have suggested that Omicron is less deadly than the Delta variant, Khairy said that Omicron had been shown to be more infectious. As a result, if early actions to minimise the transmission rate are not done, it will strain the country’s health system and infrastructure.

Malaysia, like other countries, is extremely likely to experience the Omicron wave first. Extensive booster dose coverage, the use of face masks, adequate ventilation, the use of #TRIIS, MySJ Trace, and international gateway control are all steps used to reduce Omicron spread.

Some refer to the Omicron impact data which is not as bad as Delta. It looks like that. But the infectiousness of Omicron is higher than Delta. If the case denominator is larger, definitely the hospital/ICU admission rate will rise. @KKMPutrajaya wants to avoid a paralyzed public health system. Strategy: slow down Omicron, he said in a tweet on Twitter.

Khairy posted the tweet in response to Malaysia’s Director General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah’s announcement on Saturday (Jan 1) that the country’s COVID-19 infection rate was 0.99 on Saturday (Jan 1), up from 0.98 the previous day. On Sunday, Malaysia recorded 2,882 new cases of COVID-19, raising the country’s total to 2.76 million.

Source – GoodyMY

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