Malaysia has detected a mutated strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19 - 10 times more infectious than the original Wuhan strain, in recent infection clusters.

The strain with D614G mutation was first discovered by the Malaysian Institute for Medical Research in July, in four cases from two Covid-19 clusters in the country - the Sivagangga cluster and the Ulu Tiram cluster.

According to Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the D614G mutation is 10 times more likely to infect other individuals and easier to be spread by super-spreader individuals,

"The public must stay vigilant. Continue to take preventive measures such as practicing physical distancing, washing hands with water and soap, and wearing face masks in crowed public places," he wrote in a Facebook post.

Keputusan terkini baru diterima dari makmal Institut Penyelidikan Perubatan (IMR): seperti disyaki mutasi jenis D614G...

Posted by Noor Hisham Abdullah on Saturday, 15 August 2020
Although the two clusters are currently under control, Noor Hisham urged the public to remain cautious as existing vaccine studies may not apply to the mutated virus strain, he added.

COVID-19 cases in Malaysia continue to be in the double digits, with 25 new cases reported as of noon yesterday.

The total infection and death tally in the country stands at 9,200 and 125, respectively.

Globally, the disease has infected more than 21.8 million people and killed over 772,000.


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