PETALING JAYA: There is a excessive chance of an Omicron wave hitting Malaysia, similar to what different international locations are experiencing, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
To assist include the transmission of the extremely infectious Covid-19 variant, the Health Minister mentioned key measures have been put in place, comparable to offering intensive booster dose protection, requiring face masks, making certain good air flow, implementing TRIIS (take a look at, report, isolate, inform and search), activating the MySejahtera Trace system and imposing tighter controls at worldwide entry factors.
Although some could argue that Omicron is much less extreme than the Delta variant, Khairy mentioned Omicron was extra infectious and would nonetheless pressure the well being system and services if infections improve.
“Like other countries, it is very likely that the Omicron wave will start in Malaysia.
“Extensive booster dose coverage, face masks, good ventilation, #TRIIS, MySJ Trace and international gateway control are among the measures to slow Omicron.”
He mentioned that some had identified that the Omicron affect knowledge was not as extreme as that of Delta.
“It looks like that. But the infectiousness of Omicron is higher than Delta. If the case denominator is larger, definitely hospitalisation and ICU (intensive care unit) use will go up,” he mentioned.
In a sequence of tweets yesterday, he mentioned the ministry needed to keep away from crippling the general public well being system.
“Strategy: slow down Omicron,” he posted.
Khairy tweeted this in relation to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah declaring that the nationwide infectivity fee of Covid-19 on Jan 1 stood at 0.99, a rise from 0.98 from the day earlier than.
As at Dec 31, 2021 Malaysia recorded a complete of 64 confirmed instances of the Omicron variant.