3 new Omicron cases detected in Sarawak between Jan 3 to 10

A table showing the number of new VOI and VOC cases reported in states throughout the country between Jan 3 to 10, 2022. Source: Ministry of Health

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KUCHING, Jan 12: Three more Omicron cases, with two locally acquired and one imported have been recorded in Sarawak between Jan 3 and 10, says Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The three cases consisted of one traveller returning from Turkey on Jan 3 and two local transmission cases.

All the cases were classified as Category 2 patients with mild symptoms.


This brings the cumulative number of Omicron variant cases in Sarawak to 18, comprising eight imported cases and 10 local infection cases.

“The Ministry of Health announces that there are 99 cases of the Variant of Concern (VOC) reported between Jan 3 and 10 with 91 new cases of the (B.1.671.2) Delta variant and eight new cases of the (B.1.1.529) Omicron variant.

“The eight new cases of the Omicron variant consisted of six imported cases which are made up of five umrah pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia, one traveller returning from Turkey and two cases of local transmission,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.

The breakdown of Omicron cases reported in states throughout Malaysia as of Jan 10, 2022. Source: Ministry of Health

Apart from that, Dr Noor Hisham said Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI) has also identified 48 cases of VOC which consisted of 44 cases of the Delta variant and four cases of the Omicron variant.

He added Malaysia’s Genome and Vaccine Institute (MGI) has identified 47 new Delta cases while Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (HUSM) identified one Omicron case.

With this, a total of 5,760 Covid-19 cases categorised as VOC and Variant of Interest (VOI) have been reported in the country.

From this total, 5,740 cases were VOC and 20 cases were VOI.

For VOC cases, Dr Noor Hisham said there were 5,240 cases of the Delta variant, 253 cases of the Omicron variant, 233 cases of the Beta variant and 14 cases of the Alpha variant.

As for VOI cases, there were 13 cases of the Theta variant, four cases of the Kappa variant and three cases of the Eta variant. — DayakDaily