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MoH detected 134 new variant of concern cases from Oct 7 to 19, says Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 19): The Ministry of Health (MoH) detected 134 new cases involving variants of concern (VOCs) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from Oct 7 to 19, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said they comprised 132 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2) and two Beta variant cases (B.1.351), bringing the total number of VOC cases in the country to 2,366.

He added that the new development took the cumulative number of cases of the Delta variant detected to 2,128, and the Beta variant to 224 infections.

“Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI-UKM) identified 79 Delta variant cases, the Integrative Pharmacogenomics Institute (iPROMISE-UiTM) detected 10 Delta variant cases, [followed by] the Tropical Infectious Diseases Research and Education Centre (TIDREC-UM) (seven Delta variant cases) and the Malaysia Genome Institute (MGI) [which] detected one case of the Delta variant.

"Meanwhile, the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) identified 37 cases, 35 involving the Delta variant and two Beta variant cases," he said via a post on Facebook on Tuesday.

Dr Noor Hisham said the three states with the highest number of new Delta variant cases were Johor with 43, followed by Negeri Sembilan (18) and Melaka (15).

However, he said no new cases involving variants of interest (VOIs) were detected during the same period.

For the record, another VOC that has been detected in Malaysia is the Alpha variant, with a total of 14 cases so far, while VOI cases involve 13 infections of the Theta variant, followed by the Kappa variant (four cases) and the Eta variant (three cases).

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