Malaysia is facing a new wave of COVID-19 infections after Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the biggest traditional festival of Muslims, warned experts.
|Malaysia is facing a new wave of COVID-19 infections after Hari Raya Aidilfitri. (Photo source: AFP/VNA) |
Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia is facing a new wave of COVID-19 infections after Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the biggest traditional festival of Muslims, warned experts.
Some experts have advised the public to self-test prior returning to work or school after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays.
Chee Hui Yee, associate professor of virology at the University of Putra Malaysia, recommended people get tested if there are symptoms, self-isolate if testing positive, and avoid going to crowded places.
Epidemiologist Professor Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud cited April 22 data on tests done as showing that COVID-19 tests are showing positive results at a “very high” rate.
He also recommended people not to underestimate the COVID-19 resurgence.
Earlier, Health Minister Zaliha Mustafa noted 12 cases of the XBB.1.16 subvariant, also known as the Arcturus variant, have been reported in Malaysia. All patients suffered from mild symptoms and were in stable condition.
The Health Ministry’s data indicated a surge in COVID-19 infections ahead of Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivities.
The number of cases increased by 87.5 per cent in the last 14 days up to April 8, while the numbers of hospital admissions and deaths recorded respective increases of 30.5 per cent and 25 per cent.
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