Covid-19: Indian variant not in Sabah, says state Health Dept

KOTA KINABALU: There is no case of the Indian Covid-19 variant in Sabah as claimed in viral messages, says state Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi.

"Not true," she said in a text message when asked about the viral message.

The Indian variant (B.1.617) was first detected last December, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently classifying it as a "variant of global concern".

It has said preliminary studies show the B.1.617 mutation spreads more easily than other variants, and has been detected in more than 30 countries.

There is one case in the country as of May 14.

This case was among seven Covid-19 positive patients part of a 132-people group that came home from India on a special repatriation mission on May 12.

Since April 28, Malaysia has imposed a temporary ban on flights to and from India to prevent the variant from spreading here.

The Sabah government subsequently placed a similar restriction on flights from India, France, the United States, Brazil and the African continent.

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