Malaysia detects first Omicron case in South African student

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (AP) – Malaysia said yesterday it has detected its first case of the new Omicron strain of the coronavirus in a foreign student who returned to the country last month after visiting her family in South Africa.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the 19-year-old female transited in Singapore and arrived in Malaysia on November 19, where she underwent a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

She was then bussed to her university lodging in northern Perak state with four others and placed under quarantine, he said.

Results the next day confirmed the student was positive for COVID-19, he said. The bus driver and four others in the vehicle tested negative and were all quarantined, he added.

Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. PHOTO: BERNAMA