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Current Omivron Variant Not Virulent, Specialist Says



THE Omicron variant currently dominating Covid-19 infections is not virulent, Health Ministry’s (MOH) public health medicine specialist Dr Tan Seok Hong said, adding most active cases exhibit mild symptoms.


In addition, Dr Tan said Covid-19 cases are expected to decrease within a month based on the ministry’s observations.


“The cases may rise again soon, but they will decrease in four to six weeks. Before this, there was also an increase – but according to observations – they will lessen after a month,” she said when she was a guest on Bernama Radio’s “Jendela Fikir” programme today on the topic of “Covid-19: Protecting high-risk groups”.


Nevertheless, Dr Tan advised the public to take precautionary measures during the school holiday season.


She said individuals testing positive for Covid-19 and in self-quarantine need not prolong isolation beyond the fifth day, even if subsequent test results remain positive.


“The ministry will soon release guidelines regarding the third booster dose,” she said, adding until then, the public is urged to adhere to existing procedures.  


Source: Bernama                     

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