PUTRAJAYA – Malaysia has recorded its first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, involving a South African student studying at a private university in Ipoh, Perak.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters today that the 19-year-old female student arrived from South Africa via Singapore on November 19 and had undergone a COVID-19 RT-PCR test upon entry at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
He said the individual was then subjected to the Observation and Surveillance Order under Section 15 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) and completed a 10-day home quarantine alone at a residence prepared by the university.
She was confirmed positive for the variant of concern on December 2, Khairy said.
He said the individual was fully vaccinated, was asymptomatic, and had fully complied with the home quarantine order.