No entry to travellers from the UK as govt still monitoring new Covid-19 strain, says Health D-G

No entry to travelers from the UK as govt still monitoring new Covid-19 strain, says Health D-G

The government is following closely the development of a brand new highly infectious Covid-19 variant that emerged within the UK, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.

He said there’s little information on how dangerous the mutated strain is. As such, we will not be allowing travelers from the united kingdom into Malaysia for the time being.

“We heard that it’s 70 per cent more contagious in order. That is why we are going to be monitoring closely,” the Health director-general said during a Covid-19 media briefing here.

“But we are still blocking entry for [nationals from] 23 countries, however, Malaysians returning [from the UK] are allowed, but subject to screening and a ten-day quarantine,” he added.

Governments around the world place themselves on high alert. Especially after British health authorities announced the discovery of a brand new Sars-Cov-2 variant. Said to be about 70 per cent more infectious.

Reports show some experts here dismissed the necessity for panic. They are saying the new Covid-19 variant in the UK isn’t any more dangerous than the variants that are already here.

Currently labelled as VUI-202012/01 (Virus Under Investigation in December 2020), the variant was first detected in the UK in September.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry will look to determine how aggressive. And also how dangerous the new strain is to determine the suitable response.


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