KOTA KINABALU: Health officials will need at least two extra weeks to know whether or not umrah returnees who sparked a brand new Covid-19 cluster within the Sandakan district just lately had been carriers of the Omicron variant.
The first case from this cluster was detected on Dec 17 after his arrival from a Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
Sabah Health Department director Datuk Dr Rose Nani Mudin stated due to the complexity of this variant, it will take time for the entire genome sequencing to be recognized.
“I believe it will take at least two weeks from now to know whether or not these returnees carry the Omicron variant,” she stated when contacted, including that no circumstances involving the Omicron variant had been detected in Sabah thus far.
This cluster has, as of Dec 30, seen a complete of 18 folks contaminated with the Covid-19 virus.
Dr Rose stated all precautionary measures had been taken to be sure that the contaminated sufferers and their shut contacts had been quarantined.
She reminded all umrah returnees to keep remoted, and to not settle for visits from anybody till their two-week quarantine interval was over.
Meanwhile, Sabah continued to see a gradual improve in Covid-19 circumstances.
It recorded a complete of 264 new circumstances on Jan 1, with Kota Kinabalu district recording the very best quantity with 56 new circumstances.
Minister answerable for Covid-19 issues in Sabah, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, stated that regardless of these new circumstances, most are these below class one and two.
“This proves that vaccination helps, as most of these below class one and two are totally vaccinated,” he stated.