Covid-19: Patient with B117 strain already discharged, says Health DG


PETALING JAYA: The individual who was detected with the potentially contagious B117 Covid-19 strain from the United Kingdom has already been discharged, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said that the 22-year-old individual who came back from the United Kingdom did not have any close contacts with anyone else as the individual had been isolated upon arrival in the country.

The individual’s first test was negative, with a positive result detected in the second test, said Dr Noor Hisham.

“When we found that the CT (cycle threshold) value was low, we could run genomic sequencing on the individual. If the value is high, we can’t run genomic sequencing, ” he said in a press conference Wednesday (Jan 13).

The CT value refers to the number of cycles necessary to spot the virus, with a low CT value indicating a high viral load in the body and an infection at its early phase.

Dr Noor Hisham said that a total of 13 people travelling from the United Kingdom have tested positive for the virus since October, with only one individual detected with the B117 strain.

Dr Noor Hisham also said they had tested samples from 14 local clusters, with the strain not detected among them.

The B117 strain was first detected in September in the United Kingdom and is believed to be more contagious than the original virus, although not more deadly or severe.

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