Covid-19: Another new variant detected in Indonesia; from a man who arrived from Malaysia

JAKARTA, April 18 (Bernama): Another new Covid-19 variant, the B1525, has been detected in Indonesia, believed to be from Malaysia after an Indonesian citizen who returned to the country tested positive.

Indonesia’s Ministry of Health spokesperson for Covid-19 vaccination affairs, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, was quoted by local media as saying that the variant was detected in a patient who had returned to Batam in the Riau Islands from Malaysia in February.

"A specimen taken from a PMI (Indonesian Migrant Workers) in February was found to be a new variant, and the patient had undergone treatment and has since recovered,” she said.

Siti Nadia said early research found that the B1525 variant was not a mutation of existing COovid-19 variants such as B117 and E484K, but a separate virus variant.

To date, Indonesia has recorded 1,599,763 Covid-19 positive cases, with 5,041 new cases recorded over the past 24 hours.

According to data posted on the official Twitter page of the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency @BNPB_Indonesia today, a total of 1,450,192 positive cases have recovered while the death toll stands at 43,328. - Bernama
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