KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 7-A total of 392 positive Covid-19 cases were detected with variants of concern (VOC) in the country from Sept. 25 to yesterday, Tan Sri Health Director General Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said.
Of the total, he said 384 cases of the Delta variant, and eight other Beta variants.
Dr Noor Hisham said the study on the ‘Spike Protein Covid-19’ mutation in Malaysia was conducted by six consortia, namely the UKM Institute of Medical Molecular Biology (UMBI-UKM), the University of Malaya Medical School (UM), the Institute of Integrative Pharmacogenomics of the University of Technology Mara (iPROMISE), Center for Research and Education of Tropical Infectious Diseases UM (TIDREC-UM), Malaysian Genome Institute (MGI) and Institute for Medical Research (IMR).
He said recent developments have brought the cumulative number of cases categorized as VOCs and variants under surveillance (VUM) to 2,252 cases.
Dr Noor Hisham said of the 2,252 cases detected, a total of 2,232 cases were VOCs and 20 other variants of interest (VOIs).
“In total, there are 1,996 cases of the Delta variant, 222 cases of the Beta variant and 14 cases of the Alpha variant are in the VOC category,” he said.
On September 30, the World Health Organization listed Theta, Kappa and Eta under VUM. Previously, all three were categorized as VOI.
Now only Lamba and Mu are categorized as VOI. – Bernama