MOH: 790 Delta cases detected in Sarawak within the past week

Meanwhile, Penang comes in 2nd with 56 VOC cases.

PETALING JAYA – The Ministry of Health (MOH) has detected 1,047 variation of concern (VOC) cases, with all of them being the Delta strain, reported FMT.

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According to health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the data was a result of continued studies by the Institute of Health and Community Medicine, UKM Medical Molecular Biology, the Integrative Pharmacogenomics Institute, and the Malaysia Genome Institute.

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A turn for the worst?

The cases were detected in 11 states, with a majority located in Sarawak with a total of 790 cases.

Other states on the list include Penang (56), Johor (55), Negeri Sembilan (34), Pahang (34), Selangor (31), Sabah (16), Melaka (16), Kuala Lumpur (6), Perlis (6), and Labuan (3).

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No VOC cases were found in any of the remaining states.

This bring the overall number of Delta cases to 3,432, with Sarawak accounting for 52%. Selangor (388), Johor (210), and Penang (195) were listed as the states recording the next greatest cumulative totals.

Previously, Noor Hisham was reported stating that the Delta variation had a greater infectivity rate (R0, or R-nought), making it more transmissible than the Wuhan virus which triggered the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

Cover image via The Star and Euronews

Editor: Sarah Yeoh

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