First Omicron case detected in Malaysia

By ASILA JALIL  / Pic by AFP

The first Omicron variant case has been detected in Malaysia involving a 19 year-old South African student who entered the country on November 19 via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) from Singapore. 

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the individual is a student at a private university in Ipoh, Perak and had received two doses of Pfizer vaccines on September 29 before returning home to South Africa to visit her family. 

The Institute for Medical Research (IMR) had conducted PCR Genotyping Assay on 74 positive samples detected at KLIA from November 11 until November 28, said Khairy. 

“The Ministry of Health (MoH) had decided to do the tests on positive samples detected from Nov 11, before the date the World Health Organisation announced the Variant of Concern  which was on Nov 24,” he said during a press briefing today. 

The student completed quarantine on November 29 but was called back today for PCR swab test along with 7 other close contacts.