Malaysians scared stiff as first case of Omicron detected

by | Dec 4, 2021 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

The Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, has alerted Malaysians that the latest and most transmissible Covid-19 variant was found in the country.

The announcement has created panic among the people and a sense of urgency for the government to take effective steps to not create an outbreak.

Khairy explained that the variant was found from a South African university student in Ipoh. The 19-year-old arrived from Singapore on November 19.

Hazique Khairi, an international school teacher, advised the government to reexamine if it is wise for schools to continue with their semester.

“The Ministry of High Education together with other government entities and private institutions should freeze all new semesters,” he said.

He added that the intake of international students from outside of Malaysia should be on hold temporarily as the risk is too high.

Malaysians also want all borders accepting international travelers to be shut down immediately because another lockdown would be detrimental.

Aileen Chuah suspects that if one case is found, there is a chance the virus has already spread.

“Sooner or later, we will see numbers spiking but since it’s here we just have to live with it. For the moment, it is better to restrict access from international travelers,” she said.

The idea of another lockdown is not widely accepted by the people due to what the pandemic has done to businesses.

The past two years have seen businesses ending up in bankruptcy despite support from the government amid the rise of inflation.