Malaysia reports first Omicron case involving traveller from South Africa via Singapore: Khairy
KUALA LUMPUR: The first positive case of Omicron has been detected in Malaysia in a student from South Africa, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Friday (Dec 3). The foreigner, who
KUALA LUMPUR: The first positive case of Omicron has been detected in Malaysia in a student from South Africa, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Friday (Dec 3).The foreigner, who is studying in a private university in Ipoh, Perak, arrived in Malaysia on Nov 19.
Mr Khairy said in a press conference that the Omicron case was confirmed yesterday based on a sample taken from the 19-year-old student, who took the COVID-19reverse transcriptionpolymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testupon arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
He said that the student had arrived in Malaysia from Singapore.The student was then shuttled on a university bus from KLIA to Ipoh, where she underwent quarantine.The next day, on Nov 20, she got her test results back saying she was positive for COVID-19. headtopics.com
Five others who were on the same bus with the student were then placed under quarantine. All of them tested negative.The student completed her quarantine on Nov 29.According to Mr Khairy, eight close contacts of the student will undergo RT-PCR swab tests on Friday.
The minister added that the student entered Malaysia before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Omicron a variant of concern on Nov 26.Related:Additional COVID-19 rapid tests needed for those entering Malaysia via VTL with Singapore, says Khairy
Following WHO's pronouncement,Malaysia had temporarily imposed entry restrictions on foreign workers and international students from eight African countries with a high risk of Omicron infections from Dec 1.Travellers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Malawi are not allowed to enter Malaysia during the ban.
Mr Khairy said in the press conference that from Dec 3, travellers arriving at KLIA from high-risk countries will also wear tracking devices throughout their quarantine period.Read more: CNA »
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