A strain of coronavirus ten times more contagious detected in Malaysia.
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On Sunday, Malaysian health authorities reported that a mutation of the virus that is ten times more infectious than the COVID-19 strain from Wuhan was detected in the country.
The strain, referred to as the D614G mutation, was discovered by the Malaysian Institute for Medical Research. The health chief, Noor Hisham said that they detected the highly infectious strain in 4 people from two different clusters. The clusters were from Sivagangga and Ulu Tiram.
‘It’s found to be 10 times more infectious and is easily spread by an individual ‘super-spreader’, Noor Hisham said.
The health chief added that this mutation, that was discovered in July 2020, may render the new vaccines ineffective against it. He urged the public to be more careful and disciplined and wash their hands more often, following social distancing and wearing masks.
Mr.Hisham said that the Malaysian Public Health Authorities have prevented the spread of this mutation from the two clusters.
On Saturday, Malaysia reported 26 new cases. On Sunday, 25 cases were reported. This brings the total number of cases to 9,200. No deaths were reported. The total deaths in the country since the pandemic began is 125.