NO new COVID-19 variants have been detected in the country and the situation remains under control with most reported cases involving mild symptoms and not requiring hospital treatment, said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
He said the variant that is still circulating in Malaysia is Omicron, with its subvariants being XBB.1.16, XBB.1.5, EG.5 and JN.1.
“The current Omicron subvariants are known not to cause more severe cases.
“The COVID-19 virus will continue to be with us just like any other respiratory viruses such as influenza. The public is advised to always practise balance in terms of health and life during the season of increasing cases of infectious diseases,” he said in a statement today.
For the 51st Epidemiological Week, from Dec 17 to 23, he said the admission rate of patients suffering from COVID-19 to hospitalisation was 0.5% while the mortality rate was 0.08%.
“This means that rates for both parameters remain at a low level,” he said.
Dr Dzulkefly said the Health Ministry will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and its related variants from time to time.
Vulnerable groups such as the elderly, individuals with chronic diseases, and individuals with low immunity are strongly encouraged to wear face masks in crowded places or on public transport, he added.
He also called on the public to practise self-care measures, such as wearing face masks, doing TRIIS (test, report, isolate, inform and seek treatment) assessment and updating their status on MySejahtera.
The public also needs to get correct and authentic information related to cases of respiratory infections including COVID-19 from reliable sources, he said.
“With the commitment from all walks of life, the Covid-19 situation in this country will remain under control,” he said. – Dec 29, 2023
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