PETALING JAYA: Following the recent surge in daily Covid-19 cases, the Health Ministry's national advisor for infectious diseases Dr Christopher Lee says it is crucial to monitor developments on new virus variants that are detected.
He explained that the variants' clinical and genomic data must be monitored for any changes.
"The current surge has a wider reach; more states/communities are affected. With variants detected in Malaysia, clinical/genomic data need to be monitored for shifting trends.
"Keep our daily Covid-19 figures small!" He tweeted on Tuesday (May 4).
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba had earlier said that more Malaysian patients were becoming severely ill and less responsive to treatments compared to the onset of the pandemic.
Dr Adham said the number of Category 4 patients who require supplemental oxygen to survive had increased to 35.2% in April from 17.2% in March.
On May 2, Dr Adham said there were 48 cases of the B.1.351 variant from South Africa to date, eight cases of the B.1.1.7 variant from the UK and two cases of the B.1.525 variant from Nigeria.