Sarawak Braces For New COVID-19 Wave With Highly Infectious Omicron Sub-Variant

Deputy Premier, Datuk Dr. Sim Kui Hian has warned Sarawakians to prepare for a new COVID-19 wave caused by a highly infectious Omicron variant BA.2.12.1 and BA.5 in Kuching and Sibu. 

According to BERNAMA, the World Health Organization (WHO) had previously flagged these Omicron sub-variants as highly infectious with faster transmission rates over the parent Omicron, Variant of Concern (VOC).

arawak braces for new covid-19 wave with highly infectious omicron sub-variantPhoto via Astro AWANI

The Institute of Health and Community Medicine at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak discovered the BA.2.12.1 and BA.5 in Kuching as Sibu last week! 

Meanwhile, on October 30th, a brand new Delta AY.23 sub-variant was discovered in Sarawak, which sparked a surge of infections in Singapore. 

Guys, please don’t be complacent and take care of yourself and your loved ones. Remember to wear a face mask when you’re indoors, wash your hands regularly and avoid crowded places.

Stay safe!

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat