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Msia Detected First Two Cases Of Covid-19 Delta Plus Variant In Students Who Came Back From The UK

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham confirmed that there are 2 cases of Covid-19 Delta Plus variant in Malaysia. Apparently, the deadly variant was detected from 2 Malaysian students who came back from the UK on 2 October.

The student underwent RT-PCR tests and was initially found negative, but the second test which was done on 7 October confirmed that the students were Covid-19 positive. "This sample has undergone full genome sequencing at the Institute of Medical Molecular Biology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UMBI-UKM) and the result was released on 30 October," he said.

According to the Health DG, the Delta Plus variant is also known as AY.4.2. "The AY.4.2 variant has two additional mutations to the spike proteins, Y145H and A222V, and as of the end of October, the AY.4.2 variant represents 10% of the total full genome sequencing conducted in the UK," he said.

Thankfully, he added that the current vaccines are still effective against AY.4.2. "The vaccines used now are still effective on these variants and measures such as quarantine, testing, and others carried out can help reduce the risk of this variant transmission in Malaysia especially at international entry points," he added.


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