Khairy: Omicron wave has begun in Malaysia, but don’t panic

Khairy (left) and Dr Sim (combo pic).

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Jan 27: The Covid-19 Omicron variant wave has started in Malaysia and the number of new cases will rise, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said, however, the situation is under control due to the high vaccination rates nationwide.

“The healthcare system is prepared. The number of serious cases is dropping. Let us overcome this together,” he tweeted yesterday (Jan 26) including the hastags #TRIIS and #PICKids.

Khairy was quoting Health director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah’s tweet that reported 4,744 new Covid-19 cases on Jan 26 and 2,844,969 cumulative cases in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said responding to Khairy’s warning, that panic will not help though the Omicron wave is predicted and expected.

“Sarawakians have overcome the previous waves and we just need to play our role and do our part again,” said Dr Sim in a Facebook post yesterday.

With the Chinese New Year celebrations just around the corner, he urged the public to celebrate responsibly.

Dr Sim, who is also Minister for Public Health, Local Government and Housing, said it will be more challenging this time as the people must learn to live with the virus.

“It means a lot of self risk assessment everyday for all your activities, self enforcement of SOP (standard operating procedure) including masks, self testing, self monitoring, self isolation and (getting) the booster dose,” he added. — DayakDaily